Mr. Movie

'The Back-up Plan' needs lots of help

Nature’s time bomb is ticking. Jennifer Lopez’s mateless Zoe wants to have a baby and a family so she has an in vitro process and gets pregnant.

Then Mr. Right shows up. That complicates things.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

It’s a somewhat original idea. Somewhat. And one with possibilities. A 20-minute reel into the plot and anything new and original or deep is thrown out the window. A TV director and a TV writer teamed with TV producers and did a TV movie of the week that only gets to the big screen because its star is not TV.

After this disaster, TV may be the only place you’ll see Lopez in the future.

The problem: this bland comedy doesn’t have much focus. It also isn’t sure of it’s audience. Males — no doubt — are not the target. Older viewers will be miffed that TV icons of antiquity Tom Bosley, Linda Lavin and Robert Klein aren’t in it more.

Today’s hip, young career women or those aspiring to take the path paved by Lopez’s Zoe are probably the focus. But it isn’t deep enough to get or keep their attention.

Ten minutes into this disaster and young people unfortunate enough to attend will be doing back-up plans of their own. They’ll be diving into their iPhones and Blackberrys to check email and do some important texting. That or catching up on sleep.

Mr. Movie rating: 1 star

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, April 23 at Regal’s Columbia Center 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.