The Back-up Plan - Review

Translating "The Back-up Plan" into formats more traditionally associated with CBS, this tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie. Only the presence of Jennifer Lopez distinguishes the project's bigscreen credentials from its smallscreen elements, although pic's best hope of wooing a female audience is really Alex O'Loughlin, the swoon-inducing Aussie whom CBS has previously cast in two canceled dramas on the network side. Loosely translated into Twitter-worthy terms, as romantic comedies with J-Lo go, it's well B-Lo par.

Like many a romance with a twist, this one suffers mainly from a deficiency of fleshed-out material to stretch the on-again, off-again relationship much past an hour. As such, director Alan Poul (CBS' "Swingtown") and sitcom writer Kate Angelo have to keep throwing in poorly contrived flare-ups and hurdles to prolong the inevitable.

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