Back-up Plan, The (UK - BD)
Marcus gets artificially inseminated by this new Jennifer Lopez rom-com on BD
Zoe has a good life, her own pet store and close friends but she wants a baby. After dating “hundreds of guys in the last year” Zoe hasn’t even come close to finding “the One”, so she opts for artificial insemination so she can finally become a mother.
Over the moon with her insemination, Zoe hails a cab in the pouring rain and meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) who also hailed it. Despite a shaky start the pair hit it off, but when dropping the bombshell that she’s pregnant, Zoe and Stan’s blossoming relationship may be over before it even gets a chance to begin.
Well after that opening synopsis it’s pretty difficult to go anywhere else with this review. The Back Up Plan really is that straightforward, seasoned with the expected funny friend, tell it like it is grandmother, the offbeat (never seems to have any customers) New York shop setting and a whole lot of beefing up of the usual pregnancy myths and legends (you know them—crazy eating habits, mega horny mothers to be, men being seemingly oblivious to how pregnancy works—stuff like that).
The movie coasts along at a laidback pace with J-Lo (yeah, I’m still calling her that) flashing her pretty smile and wearing all manner of uber fashion outfits while her new man throws out grand gestures of love to depict him as “the One”, only to super-freak out when he finds out she’s pregnant and then changes his mind (of course) leading on to him trying to learn about fatherhood from a stranger in a park.
It’s all inoffensive enough, and in spite of myself I found J-Lo to be kinda sweet in the role despite the movie as a whole feeling like pure chick lit without having anything special to pep it up to being a stand out rom-com. I’m pretty sure I’ll never watch The Back-up Plan ever again, but the first hour or so was alright and mothers-to-be will probably have a bit more fun with it.
The 2.35:1 transfer is clean and bright and is a little bluer than it probably needs to be. The image seems pretty sharp but on closer inspection doesn’t really offer up much in the way of detail and rarely does a scene feel at all natural with its lighting (even some of the exterior shots).
Really the movie feels like a mid-afternoon TV movie as opposed to a big screen affair, and in all honestly that’s probably where its cross hairs are aimed. The disc is okay to look at but really it's all sheen prettying up a fairly dull looking movie.
The distracting score that fills mostly every scene (and not all that dynamically) makes The Back Up Plan feel like a Christmas movie, with its uplifting jungles and happy-go-lucky tempo.
As well as that we get a few flaccid pop tracks which sound pretty hollow in DTS-HD Master Audio track, leaving the dialogue as the only element that sounds crisp and noticeably strong because there’s really nothing else to bring this routine track to life.
Outside of the BD-Live, movieIQ and trailer selections ( Blu-Ray is High Definition, Julie and Julia and Did You Hear About The Morgans?) there are five and a bit minutes of deleted scenes and a simple as they come making of called ‘Belly Laughs’ (11:36 HD) in which the director announces he found the screenplay hilarious when he first read it—to each their own I guess.
The Back-up Plan is just another movie that treats pregnancy, parenthood and the stupidity of how movie characters deal with it as one big chuckle. This has been done far better elsewhere so it’s hard to see The Back-up Plan as anything more than the housewife’s safe alternative to the more outrageous/better stuff like Knocked Up.
The disc is about as sickly sweet as they come in both video and audio department offering up nothing in the way of excitement and the features are the sort of things that are probably on the movie’s website anyway, so all in all this is probably only worth a rental at best.
* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 20th September 2010
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English, Audio Description English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 French, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1 Catalan
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Hindi, Portuguese
Extras: Making of, Deleted Scenes, Trailers
Easter Egg: No
Director: Alan Poul
Cast: Jenniger Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin
Genre: Comedy and Romance
Length: 104 minutes
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