The Back-up Plan

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

J.Lo romcom bursts with frank pregnancy, sex talk.

PG-13 2010 104 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 15+


Well there's a lot of sucking lips but also boys loads of swearing it can freek kids out like when a women gave birth I thought it is quite inapropriate for kids my and my boyfriend watch it on Netflix we loved but it's approximately suitable for 15 and up

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

The back up plan review

Great movie! Jennifer Lopez did an outstanding job! Kuddos to her! But on the other hand here come the negitives. Jennifer is distressed because she cant find a man she can settle down with so she gets a sperm doner so she can get pregnant. The process is not shown but when she walks out of the building she walks pretty funny. There is also a scene where jennifer and the guy she met have sex. First they make out, then they fall on the table and the man lowers himself down onto Jennifer and is moving on Jennifers vagina in circles and Jennifers panties and dress are clearly off and she makes noises that indicate she is injoying him in between her vigina and that she likes his passoniate kisses. Then they get up and she throws up in his sink as a side affect of being pregnant. It is also shows Jennifer naked looking at her self in the mirror and before her boyfriend comes in she hides. (nothing is shown) Then jennifer dresses in a sexy night gown and is seducing her boyfriend into sex while she is pregnant. Then it also shows her boyfriend half naked on a tractor and jennifer crashes into a tree.There is also a distressing birth scene with one of the moms from the club, and she is in a plastic pool on her knees and screaming in a wierd mannor. It shows her babys head comming out of her vigina and she is looking down at it. Its kinda disturbing. And towards the end she throws up indicating that shes pregnant again. Great movie other than the sex parts!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 23, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: August 24, 2010
  • Cast: Alex O'Loughlin, Jennifer Lopez, Linda Lavin
  • Director: Alan Poul
  • Studio: CBS Films
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including references, some crude material and language
  • Last updated: July 2, 2022

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