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THE BACK-UP PLAN <span>(2010)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 100

Release dates 07/05/2010

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex references

Genre(s) Romance, Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Alan Poul

Cast includes Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen

Summary Determined to become a mother, Zoe commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. On the day of her artificial insemination, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) a man with real possibilities. Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behavior, Stan commits fully and says he's in.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE BACK-UP PLAN is a romantic comedy about a woman who undergoes artificial insemination on the day that she meets 'Mr Right', then becomes pregnant soon afterwards. The film was originally classified '12A' for cinema release in a version that had been reduced following BBFC advice. However, this extended version of the film reinstates some of the material cut to achieve a '12A'/'12' and has therefore been classified '15' for strong sex references.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'. This version of the film features an extended sex scene between a man and a woman in a barn. In the '12A' cinema version, there was sight of the fully clothed man and woman kissing and embracing, a few moans, and then the man asking "Did you just...?". In this version of the film, there is far more emphasis on the woman moaning and apparently reaching climax, as well as some additional dialogue after the sex scene in which the couple discuss how many times the woman reached orgasm, with the man also stating that the woman punched him during sex. The level of visual and verbal detail present in this extended version of the scene is more appropriately classified at '15' where 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal sex references'.

The film also contains some moderate sex references, including "Have you seen my vagina, I'll show it to you" (between female friends in relation to giving birth), "red hair and freckle sperm" (referring to the anonymous sperm donor's genes), "three times the amount of blood coursing through your body, that's why pregnant women are horny all the time" and "so sensitive I can have an orgasm sitting on a bus" (a female friend explaining the effects of pregnancy on one's sex life). The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'. The film also contains one use of strong language, which is not aggressive, not directed at anyone and said in a comical setting by an elderly lady to her granddaughter. It also contains some moderate language ('bitch', 'whore', 'screw' and 'douchebag') and mild language ('son of a bitch', 'pissed', shit', 'bullshit', 'hell', 'God', 'ass', 'Jesus' and 'jerk'. There is a lengthy scene featuring a woman giving birth in a birthing pool and at one point she strains very hard. Another woman fishes a brown object out of the water with a net, only very briefly seen, implying that she has defecated during the birthing process. There are also scenes in which the main character visits her gynaecologist and undergoes various medical procedures.


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