Top positive review
A super relatable heroine! Avoidant Attachment Style on full display!
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021
Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) is a beautiful and successful New York corporate executive-turned-pet shop owner seeking life’s next challenge: a baby. Sick of waiting for Mr. Right, she opts for artificial insemination to achieve her goal. Time’s running out and a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. What are the odds of finding The One AFTER the insemination? Zero to none. And yet it happens. Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) tries to steal Zoe’s cab in one adorable meet-cute! He is immediately smitten, and when he sees her again at his cheese shop at the farmer’s market, he makes it his business to pursue this elusive girl who seems to push him away. Why is she pushing him away? Oh, lots of reasons! Zoe has commitment issues — which explains why she’s still single. But the most powerful reason is that she’s pregnant. The insemination was not only successful, but she’s carrying twins!
This is such a cute movie! It’s also deep. This tells the story of a woman who is clearly an Avoidant — as in Avoidant Attachment Style (not to be confused with Avoidant Attachment Disorder, which stems from social anxiety). The movie does a good job developing Zoe’s psyche, her motives and her stakes. Like most Avoidants, she is independent and has a strong goal-setting mindset. She also has conflicting emotions, longs for intimacy while doing her best to avoid it. Her grandmother is the same way. Zoe also lost her mother at an early age, and was hit with an absentee father — these all contributed to her Avoidant Attachment Style. I am this way, and while I am fighting to overcome this side of me, it still rears its ugly head from time to time. O’Loughlin is wonderful as the man who loves this elusive woman, fighting for her while being terrified of becoming a father. I won’t say more, but this is one interesting rom-com! There are many silly moments as well, mostly from the outstanding supporting cast. Melissa McCarthy, Anthony Anderson, Michaela Watkins, and Linda Lavin also star in this flick.
Downsides? The not-so pretty side of pregnancy. While I applaud a movie that isn’t afraid to show the many hormonal changes a woman goes through during the nine months of her pregnancy, the movie also steers toward over the top, like the woman breast-feeding a three-year-old, and the super-cringe water birth scene (not Zoe’s). That would be enough to scare ANYONE away. This movie made me glad I opted for not having children, though I do question my choice from time to time. Anyway, love it. J. Lo looks so beautiful in this movie. Her bone structure is on fleek! I won’t even bother to elaborate on her mega-toned bod. Must be that perfect Puerto Rican DNA (wink, wink!). Great movie! One of my favorites from Jennie from the Block! Four out of five high-protein matcha smoothies, with banana and pineapple!