CBS Films, Escape Artists
Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Laughlin, Michela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen, Anthony Anderson, Noureen DeWulf, Melissa McCarthy, Tom Bosley, Linda Lavin, Robert Klein, Ceasar Millan
Wow, this is a movie full of “look how old he/she is now” moments! Except for JLo of course who looks more beautiful than ever. Stand-Up Comedian/HBO special guy Robert Klein plays the doctor. Linda Lavin, Alice, from Alice the TV show is JLo’s “Nana”, and Tom Bosley plays her boyfriend of 22 years. In fact, there’s a scene where he’s watching The Andy Griffith Show on TV, and Ritchie Cunningham, his son from another life, is playing the part of Opie Taylor. Nice touch! If the Baby Store clerk looks familiar, it’s Jennifer Elise Cox who played Jan Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie. (Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!). And of course Mikela Watkins of SNL.
This is a romantic comedy, and yes, anther chick-flick. A lot of guys aren’t going to like it, but actually it’s a pretty funny movie. It’s better than some of the stuff JLo’s done before her two year hiatus to have kids! Jennifer plays Zoe, a woman who is scared of the biological clock ticking away and has given up on finding Mr. Right. So she decides to do it herself, and the movie opens with a funny scene where she has a meeting with Dr. Harris (Robert Klein) and a turkey baster! On the way out, she says to him, “You should give me a hug, because we may have just made a baby together” and he pats her on the shoulder and walks away. Out into the rain where she gets into a fight over a cab with Mr. Right himself.
The movie moves along pretty fast, and has lots of fodder for jokes. Three lovely Boston Terriers named Nip, Tuck, and Nubbins share the role of “Nuts” the parapalegic dog with hind wheels, ala Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. (i.e. taking turns playing the part.) There are jokes about being pregnant or finding out you’re pregnant. The milk the bit about trying to tell him she’s pregnant. There’s lots of jokes about their jobs and insecurites. When things get rough for poor Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) Anthony Anderson shows up as “Playground Dad” to talk some sense into him.
There’s a switch as this is Girl meets Boy, Girl loses Boy, and Girl tries to win Boy back. A bit of a reversal. Zoe is a strong woman, but she was hurt really young and learned not to trust anybody. Stan has his own insecurities living off his parents fortune, and has a lot to learn as well. These two shouldn’t be able to put it together, but they do their best.
If you absolutely hate love stories, you might want to stay away, but if you have kids, or have ever thought of a life without kids, this might be fun to watch. It’s got a good many good laughs, and don’t blame me if there’s a tear or two at the ending.
Thoughts of JLo searching through the dumpster for her special pillow is priceless!