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trailer break: ‘The Back-up Plan’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


I’ve always said that when I got around to writing my “what if I got myself artificially knocked up just before I met the man of my dreams” rom-com, I would be sure to include a scene in which a crippled dog chews up the preggers testing thingie. Because that happens. It’s so exquisite an observation about the oddities of real life that movies about love and family and relationships are usually lacking. And I can’t even be jealous that The Back-up Plan beat me to it, because this is sure to be a beautiful, beautiful film about the vagaries of romantic fate.

Also, Jennifer Lopez falling into a kiddie pool full of afterbirth is certain to be so poignantly realized that I’ll have to cry.

And then, between this and The Switch trailer, I will begin to plot my revenge against Hollywood. For clearly Hollywood has been listening to all the bitching I and lots of other women have been screaming about how tired we are of seeing movies about women that are all about babies and romance-chasing, but all they heard was babies! and romance-chasing! and figured they couldn’t go wrong throwing both into the same movie. Twice.

The Back-up Plan opens in the U.S. and Canada on April 23, and in the U.K. on May 7.



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  • Kenny

    OK… So, this is full of awful out of place slapstick and really rather disgusting crap. It does however, look like the basis for the story might be slightly less obnoxious than ‘The Switch’. Slightly.

  • See, if more of you all had gone to see that Cantante movie, stuff like this wouldn’t be happening. And if you don’t like that theory…I got others…

  • AJP

    I don’t get this whole Hollywood fetish over attractive single women so desperate to have babies that their only option is to visit a sperm bank. Seriously bad-Hollywood writers, watch an episode of Maury or something. You’ll discover that single women have much simpler options for getting pregnant.

  • So many single women tend to conceive out of wedlock nowadays that I often suspect that the only attractive single women who would actually need to visit a sperm bank in order to conceive would be lesbians. (And even then I know quite a few admittedly bisexual women who have conceived children the old-fashioned way.)

    However, I somehow doubt we’ll be seeing Hollywood produce too many rom-coms in which a cute adorable lesbian who just lost her partner decides to go ahead and conceive a child, only go ahead to fall in love with another equally cute and adorable lesbian whom she meets, say, at the local Starbuck’s. It would be nice to be proved wrong on this but I wouldn’t bet the rent money on it.

  • Josh C.

    I can’t believe you neglected to mention the notion that a sexually active adult woman would think semen might leak out of her vagina if she doesn’t hold on tight enough. Thank Heavens that that doctor fellow was there to tell her otherwise–where would women be without our infinite guidance and wisdom?

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    Wow, I had to watch this trailer because I couldn’t believe half of the stuff everyone’s talking about here was actually in it. This is awful, isn’t it? Bonus points for using ‘Miss Independent’ by Kelly Clarkson, the most sneakily antifeminist song sung by a woman prior to the rise of the Pussycat Dolls.

    Also, I’m sort of concerned this is my fault. I was talking to a friend the other week, and we were both wondering where Jennifer Lopez had gone. Clearly, saying her name three times has summoned her., My bad.

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