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The Back–Up Plan (2010/CBS Films/Sony Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Feature: C



It is no secret that he career of Jennifer Lopez is not what it used to be but to her credit, she can act (Blood & Wine, Out Of Sight, The Cell) and can do comedy (Monster-In-Law was not that bad) so when CBS launched its new theatrical feature film division (they used to be involved in such affairs before in the early 1970s), they hired Lopez for what they hoped would be a hit with Alan Poul’s The Back-Up Plan (2010), but the play it safe formula script made it more like a TV movie and it does not work.


Sure, Lopez looks good and can play well in the Romance genre, but we have seen this film a hundred times as (what sounds like a new idea followed by a bunch of old ones) plays Zoë, who cannot find a “good man” so she’ll have a baby herself and raise it as a single mother.  Suddenly though, she meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin, the new McGarrett on the will-it-really-work Hawaii 5-0 revival from… CBS!) shows up and she starts to fall for him… maybe and vice versa... maybe.  Oh, and she is pregnant!


Of course, it is trite and one of the backhanded messages is that she is an incomplete woman without a man and possibly immortal to want to have the child on her own, so the film is at least problematic in its treatment of women, but it is absolutely problematic in the treatment of its audience.  We deserve a better script (by TV writer Kate Angelo of Will & Grace and Becker) and film, but there was no “back-up plan” for a better movie, so we get stuck with this one instead.  Eric Christian Olsen and Linda Lavin also star.



The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is soft and somewhat dull throughout, as if it was shot on High Definition video instead of film.  Director of Photography Xavier Pérez Grobet (Music & Lyrics) can lanes a comedy, but this is very standard, safe work.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is actually a little more professional and warmer than expected for a dialogue-based comedy with good recording work throughout, though don’t expect a greatly active soundfield, but it is the default highlight and surprise of the disc.


Extras include BD Live and movieIQ interactive functions, plus Lopez interview, a making of featurette and deleted scenes of little consequence.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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