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The Back-Up Plan

Zoe's (Jennifer Lopez) biggest dream is to have a baby. But she still hasn't found The One, so getting married first isn't an option. Takings matters into her own hands she gets pregnant by artificial insemination. And that's when Mr. Right (Alex O'Loughlin) shows up. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 23 Apr 2010
Video Release: 24 Aug 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although Stan is willing to engage in sexual activity with Zoe after knowing her for only a short time, he seems irritated when he discovers she is pregnant. He is also upset by her lies, but not by his. Does this seem to be a double standard for behavior?

Do you think Zoe’s desire for a baby is a selfish one or not? Is her concern about being alone a sufficient reason to have a child? What aspects of being a mother does Zoe seem to have overlooked?

Does the portrayal of parents in this movie trivialize their role?

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