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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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