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The Back-up Plan

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

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

Movie PG-13 2010 104 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

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
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

The Back Up Plan Review

It was a very well done movie~ I laughed so many times during it~ The barn seen was a little inapropriate and Jennifer Lopez makes some noises when they were in there that arent very apropriate. The birth seen was very inapropriate, I think the movie could have done with out that scene... The whole head thing was really disturbing. But other than that it was great! The end I never would have expected it~ :)

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Directed by Alan Poul, a TV veteran making his feature debut, THE BACK-UP PLAN drags out every lazy romantic comedy cliché in the book. The lovers withhold information from each other, and then get mad and run away when the truth comes out. (In one scene, the heroine tells the truth out loud, but a cut reveals that she's only speaking to herself in a mirror.) The characters are paper-thin and their journey together is entirely routine and totally predictable.

But the movie also has the unfortunate side effect of making both pregnancy and impending parenthood look unappealing and even terrifying. For a movie with such a chaste setup, it has a very oddly cynical view of such things, not to mention a large collection of foul language. Teens are unlikely to find much appeal in the storyline, though there's enough juvenile humor to mildly entertain those who dare. Parents are more likely to find some laughs peppered throughout the otherwise tired routine. If this was the "back up," the filmmakers probably should have stuck to the original plan.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 24, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: April 18, 2023
  • Cast: Alex O'Loughlin , Jennifer Lopez , Linda Lavin
  • Director: Alan Poul
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • 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: June 2, 2023

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