Movie Monday: The Back-up Plan


backup plan.JPGLooks like Jennifer Lopez could use a backup plan of her own.

J. Lo’s new romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan, couldn’t topple DreamWorks’ charming springtime smash How to Train Your Dragon this weekend: Plan raked in an estimated $12.3 million, about $2.7 million less than the tireless Dragon. Another newcomer, The Losers, lived up to its name and squeezed into third place with $9.6 mil.

Dragon continues to be the box-office story this spring. Still looking spry after five weeks on the charts, Dragon’s total haul now stands at $178 million and climbing—great news for DreamWorks (as it now looks as though the film might become the studio’s most successful non-Shrek film ever) and fans of family-friendly movies. It’s interesting to note that 2010’s two biggest flicks—Dragon and Alice in Wonderland—were both geared toward families (and rated a commensurate family-friendly PG), while more mature fare has largely fallen flat.

Case in point: The Back-up Plan. The pregnancy-themed, PG-13 romcom was tawdry, crass and just plain bad, in my estimation. I can’t say I’m sad audiences decided to stay away. Then again, I’m probably not the guy Plan wanted to get into the seats. Perhaps no guy was: Polling data suggests that 71% of the film’s audience was female. So maybe I just don’t get it.

Anyone care to defend The Back-up Plan as an unfairly sullied gem? Or do you just want to talk about how cool Dragon was?

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  lupinskitten:

The Back-Up Plan would have been far cuter without all the crass material -- especially that cringe-inducing "birthing scene in a wading pool." Whose idea was that?? It could have been so adorable and instead wasted the talent involved.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  MommyTopics:

Poor Jennifer Lopez... all her movies bomb.

DRAGON... was... AWESOME!!! Let's all go see it again tomorrow and create a weird box office phenomenon!