The Back-Up Plan review (Blu-ray)

The Back-Up Plan is yet another example of Hollywood turning the handle, churning out yet another run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. Completely unremarkable, predictable and formulaic, it’s the kind of dross that any Hollywood director could throw out with zero effort during harder times.

Lopez is Zoe, a broody 30-something who, believing her luck has run out and her love life going nowhere, quickly decides artificial insemination is the way to go. With bun successfully rising in the oven, moments later she meets and falls for Stan (O'Loughlin) and the rules of romcoms take over as the film ebbs and flows through the usual highs and lows as love and fidelity conquer adversity, with a few poo gags and banana skin moments thrown in to lighten the proceedings.

You’ve seen it all before – infinitely beautiful, working-class couple flirt awkwardly before falling head over heels in love following an implausibly extravagant date. Quirky supporting cast provides hijinks and light relief from the serious business: in this instance, the pitfalls of pregnancy and fathering children that are not your own. Intensifying squabbles between leading actors make way for romantic redemption and getting down on one knee. The end.

If you enjoy generic romcoms, you’ll get your fill here. For everyone else, avoid.

EXTRAS ★ Just four deleted scenes, an 11-minute making-of featurette, and two trailers for other SOny Blu-ray releases.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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