As things stand now, it would appear that Jennifer Lopez needs a back-up plan for her career. In my estimation, her last strong performance was opposite an emerging George Clooney in Out of Sight (1998), but she was clearly unable to capitalize on that moment like Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh.
If she had been a go-getter, Lopez might have considered hitching up with these two to ride the Ocean’s wave. But, alas, that was not to be. She instead settled into a run that defines the notion of diminishing returns — look no further than the following run of titles: Angel Eyes (2001), Enough (2002), Maid in America (2002), Gigli (2003), Jersey Girl (2004), Shall We Dance (2004), Monster-In-Law (2005), An Unfinished Life (2005) and El Cantante (2006).
And now comes The Back-Up Plan. Zoe (Lopez) has always wanted a family, but she hasn’t found the right guy to settle down with, so she decides to give artificial insemination a try. Of course, the very same day she completes the process, she meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) and their never-ending courtship begins. He’s perfect, she’s pregnant — with twins, no less. They dance around each other at strikingly different tempos surrounded by friends, family and complete strangers who make no real impression at all as the story drags toward its inevitable conclusion.
Lopez should have scrapped this Plan, which even Jennifer Aniston was smart enough to skip. Grade: D
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