December 3, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle
Movie Review: The Back-Up Plan
Ever been so lonely that you want to start a family by yourself? Only to discover a man that very same day that’s going to change your whole life? I don’t see how J-Lo could ever be lonely…but that might just be me.
Now I know some people are thinking, “This movie is just another one of those sappy romance comedies,” well I can assure you that this is not your typical love story. This is about a girl named Zoey (played by Jennifer Lopez) who is feeling very alone, thinking she is never going to meet that special guy. She wants to start a family on her own, but on the same day she is conceived she meets a guy named Stan (played by Alex O’Loughlin) who turns out to be her dream man. Alan Poul directs this film, and it is definitely a 10 out of 10.
So there’s one scene in the movie – after they have both just witnessed a birth – where Stan and Zoey are having an argument, just like a real couple. Stan says one thing (not going to ruin it) that sets Zoey over the edge. They fight with real emotions and you think everything is going to the dumps. That scene gets me every time. Zoey is a pregnant woman, with a whole load of hormones and she is so believable because she sets up this personality of “when times get rough, push everybody away.” It really enhances the story because she goes on to think about what she’s done and how Stan makes her a better person.
In terms of the lighting and the music, it is used very well in this movie. There is this one scene, where Zoey is arriving at Stan’s farm and she sees him shirtless on his tractor. The sun is perfectly reflecting off of him, sort of making him look angelic. There’s another part where it’s raining, but Zoey is in such a good mood, that nothing can stop it. In the background it’s the happiest music ever, I don’t know the name of it, but I know it makes you feel just as happy as she is.
The movie is set on a real life kind of style, so there wasn’t very many special effects or computer graphics, but I can use one example. Early in the movie, when Stan and Zoey are on a date, nervous and clumsy Stan knocks over the whole table, candle and everything. This causes a chain reaction of fires in the whole garden, the fire is a lot bigger than it would’ve been in real life, but it adds to the comedy of the scene, because they start playing around with the hose and it’s really cute. Other than that, there’s not much special computer stuff.
In terms of the soundtrack, after she meets Stan for the first time, the lyrics of the song go “I think I’m falling for you,” so even though Zoey leads towards not even liking this mysterious guy, there is foreshadowing as to what’s going to happen. Subconsciously it adds to the story, which is the thing music is really good for.
This movie is amazing, it is a 10 out of 10 and it is a great movie to watch with your girlfriend. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s happy and it’s just everything you’d hope a love story would be. It’s exactly like a real relationship, there are ups, there are downs, and there are the “everything in between” moments and I think that’s what makes it so good. It’s not in theatres anymore, but I think it’s worth the 8 dollars a month to see it on Netflix; hey I would pay 8 dollars every time I’d want to see it (I’d be broke). This movie will have you crying because you’re happy, because you’re laughing so hard you can’t breathe and because you want everything to work out. They can’t see it, but you know they’re perfect for each other from first sight.
My name is Coel S., I am a happy student at FHS and I have seen this movie enough times to quote every single word so if there’s anybody who knows this movie – it sure is me.