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The Back-up Plan (previously known as Plan B) is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Alan Poul, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O Loughlin. It was released theatrically in the United States on April 23, 2010, by CBS Films.


Zoe gives up on finding the man of her dreams, decides to become a single mother and undergoes artificial insemination. The same day she meets Stan when they both try to hail the same taxi. They run into each other twice more at a farmers market and a pet store. Stan convinces Zoe to go on a no-obligations date. Zoe is still uncertain whether she is pregnant or not and if she should tell Stan. The night she takes the test, Stan takes her for a romantic dinner in a garden. Things don t turn out as well as planned when he spills the wine and a fire occurs. At the end of the night Stan asks her to come to his farm during the weekend and Zoe finds out that she is pregnant.

She goes to the farm determined to tell him that she is pregnant. They sleep together and afterwards Stan is confused and angry that she didn t tell him before and Zoe leaves the next morning believing that things are over between them. However, Stan decides he still wants to be with her and they reconcile. They go to the doctor and find out that Zoe is actually carrying twins. Overwhelmed, Stan goes to a children s playing area to figure out what it means to be a father, but is suspected to be a pervert; this is soon cleared up. He finds a friend there that he can talk to about the pregnancy throughout the movie, while Zoe gets little support from her Single Mothers and Proud group when the group members discover she is no longer single. Stan takes the next step to becoming a father and orders a stroller for the twins. After many misunderstandings and comedic revelations, Zoe and Stan are walking into the Market when they run into Stan s ex-girlfriend. Due to Stan s remark that the twins are not his, Zoe believes that he is not ready to become a father to them, and breaks off the relationship.

Later, the stroller that Stan ordered arrives and Zoe figures out that Stan was never planning to leave. At her grandmother s wedding, Zoe s water breaks and on the way to the hospital they make a pit stop at the Market. Zoe apologizes to Stan and they begin to work things out. He pulls out the penny that she turned over when they first met and Zoe promises to trust him more. Zoe gives birth to twin girls, one of whom they name Penny. In the end, Stan opens a store/restaurant next to Zoe s pet shop and after the Grand Opening speech Stan asks Zoe to marry him and she says yes. On their way home, she spontaneously throws up into a trash can and realizes that she may be yet again pregnant.


  • Jennifer Lopez as Zoe
  • Alex O Loughlin as Stan
  • Michaela Watkins as Mona
  • Melissa McCarthy as Carol
  • Danneel Harris as Olivia
  • Linda Lavin as Nana
  • Eric Christian Olsen as Clive
  • Anthony Anderson as playground dad
  • Noureen DeWulf as Daphne
  • Rowan Blanchard as Mona s daughter
  • Tom Bosley as Arthur
  • Maribeth Monroe as Lori
  • Peggy Miley as Shirley
  • Jennifer Elise Cox as Babyland salesgirl
  • Cesar Millan as himself


The film, originally titled Plan B, was written by Kate Angelo and produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. Lopez s casting was announced in December 2008 by multiple sources. Digital Spy announced in February 2009 that Alan Poul was in final talks to direct Plan B, which would be his first feature film. On April 8, 2009, The Arizona Republic reported that O Loughlin was in negotiations to nab the romantic male lead . The Back-up Plan was Lopez s first film in three years, and she confessed to feeling really nervous . Filming began on May 11, 2009, in Los Angeles. The film s production budget was $35 million.


The soundtrack and the score were released on March 26, 2010, on iTunes. They were made available on on April 13, 2010. The soundtrack has various artists, while the score was composed entirely by Stephen Trask.


The Back-up Plan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. What Is Love? Jennifer Lopez 4:27
2. Say Hey (I Love You) Michael Franti & Spearhead 3:39
3. Fallin For You Colbie Caillat 3:36
4. Disco Lies Moby 3:32
5. A Beautiful Day India.Arie 3:51
6. Key to My Heart Jessica Jarrell 3:54
7. Crabbuckit K-os 3:40
8. Bottles V V Brown 3:02
9. You Me & the Bourgeoisie The Submarines 3:22
10. Let s Finish (Sinden Remix) Kudu 4:48
11. Daydream (Titles Theme from The Back-up Plan) Stephen Trask 2:25
12. She Drives Me Crazy (bonus track) Raney Shockne featuring Barbara Perry 3:14
13. What a Wonderful World (bonus track) Raney Shockne featuring Barbara Perry 2:36


The film s score was composed by Stephen Trask.

  1. Daydream – 2:25
  2. The Back Up Plan – 1:05
  3. Now What? – 1:04
  4. That Guy – 0:43
  5. Show Me Your Cheese – 0:24
  6. Goodbye for Now – 0:22
  7. Another Penny Drops – 1:28
  8. Pregnancy Test – 1:31
  9. Community Garden – 1:40
  10. A Serious Question – 0:43
  11. Fire – 0:40
  12. First Kiss – 1:01
  13. Test Results – 0:13
  14. Shadybrook – 0:38
  15. Mirror, Mirror – 1:02
  16. Yummy, Yummy – 1:05
  17. Cheese Muse – 1:15
  1. Orgasm – 1:01
  2. Telling the Truth – 1:46
  3. Not Leaving Leaving – 0:33
  4. Dejected – 0:24
  5. Here We Go – 0:35
  6. Studies – 0:19
  7. Chicken In Your Hair – 0:39
  8. Pancake Prelude – 0:28
  9. Are You Still In There? – 2:56
  10. Wall of Strollers / Examination – 1:48
  11. Pictures of Mom – 1:32
  12. Just Go – 2:40
  13. I Wanted a Baby – 1:03
  14. Old Dogs-New Tricks – 0:43
  15. Baby Time – 0:43
  16. And Now, for the Exciting Conclusion Of – 4:49
  17. Proposal – 1:13


Box office

The Back-up Plan earned $4,257,676 in 3,280 theaters on its Friday debut, reaching number one at the box office. It dropped to number two at the weekend box office with a gross of $12,201,710, averaging $3,720 per theater. In its 2nd week it dropped to number four with $7,255,762, averaging $2,212 per theater. In its third week the film dropped to number five grossing $5,033,471, averaging $1,676 per theater. The following week it dropped to number six grossing $2,387,480, averaging $956 per theater. As of July 14, it had grossed $77,237,270 worldwide, and is CBS Films highest-grossing film to date.

Critical response

The film received negative reviews from critics, with most critics panning the script, but reacting positively to Lopez s performance. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 17% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 149 reviews with an average score of 3.70/10. Its consensus states Jennifer Lopez is as appealing as ever, but The Back-up Plan smothers its star with unrelatable characters and a predictable plot. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average from 0 to 100 on top reviews of mainstream critics, gave the film an average score of 34% based on 32 reviews.

Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review saying, A winning performance by Jennifer Lopez overcomes a formulaic and predictable rom-com that involves a planned pregnancy. The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis wrote that the film is not very good and bland . Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle praised the cast in her review writing Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor, shifting her center of gravity in more ways than one. O Loughlin, in the blander role, acts hurt or shocked or besotted where required, but the supporting players nearly steal the show. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1/4 stars, claiming the film plays like an unendurable TV commercial about beautiful people with great lifestyles and not a thought in their empty little heads.

The Back-up Plan received two nominations for Best Romantic Comedy Actress (for Lopez) and Best Romantic Comedy at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

Home media

The Back-up Plan was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 24, 2010, and sold 277,183 ($4.7 million) copies in its first week of release debuting at number two on the charts behind the sixth season of Lost. The Back-up Plan also ranked number one at both the Top 10 Renting DVD Titles and Top 10 Selling DVD Titles at US BLOCKBUSTER stores, as well as number one at the Top 10 Online Renting DVD Titles at, number three at Top 10 Renting Blu-ray Titles at US BLOCKBUSTER stores, number one at Top 10 Selling Digital Titles on BLOCKBUSTER On Demand.

Year 2010
ReleaseDate 2010-04-23
RuntimeMins 104
RuntimeStr 1h 44min
Plot A woman conceives twins through artificial insemination, then meets the man of her dreams on the very same day.
Awards Awards, 2 nominations
Directors Alan Poul
Writers Kate Angelo
Stars Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Michaela Watkins
Produced by Todd Black, David J. Bloomfield, Jason Blumenthal, Christine Coggins, Lance Johnson, Rodney Liber, Steve Tisch
Music by Stephen Trask
Cinematography by Xavier Grobet
Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Casting By Richard Hicks, David Rubin
Production Design by Alec Hammond
Art Direction by Scott Dougan, Priscilla Elliott
Set Decoration by Kathy Lucas
Costume Design by Karen Patch
Makeup Department Nicholas Appice, Scott Barnes, Stephen Bettles, Clare M. Corsick, Danielle Friedman, Jane Galli, Chris Grondin, Natasha Ladek, Josh Marquette, Karen McDonald, Matthew W. Mungle, Koji Ohmura, Rod Ortega, Vincent Schicchi, Candy L. Walken, Clinton Wayne, Jamie Hess
Production Management Dustin Bernard, Abigail Callahan, Judy Richter
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Thom Buckley, Steven Hacker, Iris Huezo, Ivan Kraljevic, Vincent Lascoumes, Christophe Le Chanu, Justin Ritson, Robin Winter
Art Department Tom Altobello, Bennett Andrews, Kimberly Asa, Daniel W. Blaha, Kai Blomberg, Larry Boyd, Melanie S. Chretin, Doug Crawford, Thomas A. Delillo, Jerry DeRogatis, Sara Ghaffar, Hector M. Gonzalez, Allison Gross, Damon Hight, Elizabeth Keenan, Richard Lambert, Tammy S. Lee, Ernest Lopez, Michael McCombe, Jeffrey McMahon, Tony R. Medina, Ramona Messina, Ashanti Ngozi, Eric Pastore, Anne Porter, John H. Samson, Quentin Schierenberg, Michelle Schluter-Ford, Fred Seibly, Craig T. Shordon, R. Lucas Stewart, Chris Ubick, Joanna Venezky, Helen Wilson, Fante Zamora, Jeff O Bannon
Sound Department Kami Asgar, Gregg Barbanell, Beau Borders, Scott G.G. Haller, Kevin Hyde, Pamela Kahn, Aileen Maquiraya, Alexander Markowski, Herwig Maurer, Sean McCormack, Scott Millan, Kevin O Connell, Erin Oakley, David Parker, Paul Pirola, Eric Raber, Jacob Riehle, Danial Shimiaei, Christopher T. Silverman, Greg Steele, Jim Stuebe, Lucy Sustar, Tim Tuchrello, Thomas Varga, Drew Webster, Aaron Zeller, Greg Zimmerman
Special Effects by Mark R. Byers
Visual Effects by Patrick Clancey, Mark Dornfeld, Michele Ferrone, Fortunato Frattasio, Elbert Irving IV, Jake King, Paulina Kuszta, Tom Lamb, Katie Miller, Caleb Owens, Janet Quen, Lauren Ritchie, Lesley Robson-Foster, Cory Shaw, Dottie Starling
Stunts Keith Adams, Andy Armstrong, Perry Barndt, James Thomas Bligh, Eddie Braun, Brian Patrick Collins, Jeannie Epper, Sandra Lee Gimpel, Chuck Hicks, Hannah Kozak, David Paul Olsen, Crystal Santos, Kaye Wade, Bob Yerkes
Camera and Electrical Department Olga Abramson, Tristan Allen, Michael D. Alvarez, Dustin Ault, James Banfield, David E. Baron, Dwayne Barr, J.A. Byerly, Gary S. Christie, Marc Christie, Scott Crabbe, Shannon Deats, Dhamarata Dhiensuwana, Devin Donegan, David A. Erickson, Richard Foreman Jr., John Gatland, Peter Geraghty, Jerardo Gomez, Oscar Gomez, Christopher Heikel, Brian Heller, Michael Herron, Robert Ikeda, Peter Iovino, Zsolt Kadar, Jason Kilgore, Curtis King, John W. Kristopik, Gábor Kövér, Nick Liampetchakul, Kevin Lowry, Scott Maher, Ami Mariscal, Rick Marroquin, John J. Moers, Jon Newell, Alexander J. Nobbs, Brian W. Nordheim, Travis Panarisi, Dylan Pomerleau, Kurt Pomerleau, Max Pomerleau, Nick Pomerleau, Patrick Redmond, Joel A. Ruiz, P. Scott Sakamoto, Francesco Sauta, Dennis Seawright, Jay Sheveck, Pierson Silver, Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano, Skyler Tegland, Jeffrey L. Wilson, Jordan C. Kadovitz, Hugh McCallum
Casting Department Alex Christopoulos, Dawn Marie Deibert, Kate Hubbell, Erin Hughes, Rich King
Costume and Wardrobe Department Pam Aaron, Charlene Amateau, Jennifer Antony, Kate Edwards, Katie Gavin, Kimmie Guiragossian, Mitzi Haralson, Shawnique Hill, Courtney Hoffman, Kate Mallor, Ann Miller, Susan Strubel, Danny Vick, Gillian Zwick
Editorial Department Jessica Bayliss, Steven Bodner, Skip Chaisson, Beth Dewey, Nathan Hower, Natasha Leonnet, Gregg London
Location Management Neale Fishback, Megan Foerster, Jane E. Graves, Marc Meeks, Michael L. Mizrahi, Peter J. Novak, J.P. O Connor, Cesar Quinones, Santiago Quinones, Ryan Scatenato, Marc Weeks, Dexter Wiseman
Music Department Linda Cohen, Eric Craig, Justin Craig, Joanie Diener, Greg Hayes, Tom Kramer, Kory Kruckenberg, Larry Mah, Brian McNelis, Sean Morris, Robert Puff, David Sabee, Raney Shockne, Edgardo Simone
Script and Continuity Department Alicia Accardo
Transportation Department Hedy Phil Balani, David Chacon, Ray Cicero, Michael Connor, Richard Curry, Steve Curtis, Daniel Dawson, Mark Dolce, Larry Flaherty, David Florio, Geno Hart, Chris Haynes, Garner Humphrey, Kirk Huston, Anslem King, John Lalor, David G. Lang, Dave Lundy, Adam Nutt, Joe Nuzzo, Daniel Quick, Rocky Reed, Biyami Sak, Julio Salazar, David G. Todd, Don Violett, Erik W. Wickstrom
Additional Crew Daniel Altieri, Wendy Altman-Cohen, Josh Arnoudse, Nathan A. Aronson, Philip Banks, Sean F. Barth, Jessica Bayliss, Patrick Bentley, Jenna Block, David Bojarski, Lacy Boughn, Oliver Brooks, Tracy Browne, Meghan Burchfield, Kyle Campbell, Al Cerullo, Daniel Chase, Everette Cooke, Samuel M. Dabbs, Sonia Y. Dawson, Joseph Dizon, Michael Dorner, Jessica Drake, Heather Fielding, Marc C. Geschwind, Kyle Gorjanc, Justin Haut, Amber Hubert, Phillip Hue, Iris Huezo, Emilio Hurmuziou, Debbi Izzard, Diana Jackson, Ashley Kravitz, Teresa Jolene Lee, Scott Levine, Adam Levy, Rebecca Lindsey, Andrew Litvak, James Macolino, Todd Manes, Ryan McDonald, Shane McGonnigal, Dan Meehan, Leslie Merlin, Michael Miles, Chris Miskiewicz, Mike Park, Laura Pena, Becky Phillips, KB Pugliese, Benjamin R. Reder, Erich Rettstadt, Michael Riley, Arlene Rodriguez, Nicholas E. Schepisi, Megan Schmidt, Jeremy Scripter, William Sepulveda, Michael Serrano, Jessi Smart, B.J. Smith, Aaron Speiser, C.L. Mega Sterling, Cheryl A. Stone, Cid Swank, Juel Taylor, Laura Terry, Eva Vedock, Meghan K. Wicker, Joshua Williams, Zachary Woodlee, Isaac Wostrel-Rubin, Kerry Roberts, Jesse Ruda
Genres Comedy, Romance
Companies CBS Films, Escape Artists
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.3
ImDbRatingVotes 50317
MetacriticRating 34
Keywords chick flick,sperm donor,reference to pubic hair,baby,artificial insemination