Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez. What do these two 40-ish actresses have in common beside the same first name and fat bank account?
Answer: Two movies with quite similar plots that were filmed about the same time.
Lopez's The Back-Up Plan comes out on DVD Tuesday, four days after the opening of Aniston's latest romantic comedy, The Switch, which was shelved until people (hopefully) forgot about ovulation windows.
Originally called The Baster (figure out why), Aniston's movie revolves around Kassie, a beautiful, single New Yorker who has reached a certain age without finding her soulmate. So that leaves her only one option: to get inseminated by a stranger.
Twist: Her best friend, Wally (Jason Bateman), snatches the specimen cup and replaces it with his own material.
In The Back-Up Plan, Lopez plays a beautiful, single New Yorker who has reached a certain age without finding her soulmate. So that leaves her only one option: to get inseminated by a stranger.
Twist: She meets Mr. Right the day of her insemination. What are the odds? (OK, let's not go there.)
Granted, there are differences. Here's a few:
In Switch, 1. we never see Aniston pregnant. She stays perfect and skinny, the way she always is, though her cheeks are looking a little plumper (injections, maybe?). 2. Kassie is a TV producer with a much funnier, busybody friend (Juliette Lewis) to give her unsolicited advice. 3. The guy you're supposed to be rooting for to get Aniston is goofy Arrested Development star Bateman. Yes, he is adorable and all, but as leading man material? Not so sure there. At least he is the actual dad, so OK, we get the connection.
In Plan, 1. the sperm donor is anonymous; 2. Lopez is a pet shop owner with a much funnier, busybody sister (Michaela Watkins) to give her advice. 3. The soulmate with terrible timing is hunk Alex O'Loughlin. This attraction we get. The Australian star of the upcoming Hawaii Five-O remake is one hot property.
But would this young stud really have stuck around when a mood-swinging, expanding Lopez started eating greasy chicken in bed?
Sigh, all this estrogen makes me feel like watching Inglorious Basterds.
Source : MiamiHerald