The Back-Up Plan: Can’t women get a break from sexism in Hollywood?

Not liking the premise of this new Jennifer Lopez film:

The plot: The Back-up Plan is a comedy that explores dating, love, marriage and family “in reverse.”

After years of dating, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) – a man with real possibilities.

Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. The real pregnancy test comes when both of them realize they really don’t know each other outside of hormonal chaos and birth preparations. With the nine month clock ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper-drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

MY THOUGHTS: So to me it looks like it’s going to portray women who decide to have babies on their own as desparate and settling. Then it’s making pregnancy and the birth process as a horrific experience. I am not married and don’t have any children or plan to have children but this just makes me feel that Hollywood is succumbing to the Judd Apatow-phenomenon. The anti-women, anti-choice, anti-anti is just too much. Gisele Bundchen just had a baby by water birth. Haven’t you heard about that. Most disturbing for me is that this is written by a woman: tv comedy writer Kate Angelo.

starring: Jennifer Lopez [Out of Sight, An Unfinished Life], Alex O’Loughlin [August Rush, Three Rivers]
directed by: Alan Poul [Swingtown and Six Feet Under]
written by: Kate Angelo [Will & Grace, What About Brian]


  1. #1 by Johcalyn on April 21, 2010 - 12:14

    I personally agree with you, I do think this sends a negative message about the social aspects of women who want to have children. Especially in a time where teen pregnancies are on the rise, and I link teen pregnancies here because there are a lot of young adult who look up to Jennifer Lopez; I don’t think this film provides a good look for her.

  2. #2 by Jess on February 17, 2010 - 16:11

    Im not sure how you can possibly think that this movie is being anti-feminist. Perhaps when you state that she is being desperate and settling you are projecting your own feelings of lackluster personal performance on this movie character. I choose to see this as portraying a young woman who is bucking social norms to get what she wants out of her life. Her behavior should be applauded rather than disparaged by maniacal and worthless bloggers. Your judgement has been clouded by your pathetic need to hear your own voice. You should have donated that $100,000 you spent on your education to a writer with actual talent.

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