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In an incredibly stupid opening, body-building gynecologist Arnold
Schwarzenegger (as Alexander "Alex" Hess) caries a urinating baby
around the library. Thankfully, this is only a wet dream and the film
gets better; it helps to lower expectations...
When their fertility drug "Expectane" is rejected by the FDA (the US regulatory Food and Drug Administration), Mr. Schwarzenegger and doctoral pal Danny DeVito (as Lawrence "Larry" Arbogast) decide to continue testing. This becomes difficult as Schwarzenegger is replaced at work by klutzy doctor Emma Thompson (as Diana Reddin). She's single and attractive, though. Due to the loss of laboratory chimps, Schwarzenegger is selected to become pregnant. The muscularly masculine doctor is implanted with a fertilized egg, which both Schwarzenegger and Mr. DeVito expect will be temporary. However, Schwarzenegger starts to develop motherly feelings for his baby...
In a somewhat parallel plot, Mr. DeVito's ex-wife Pamela Reed (as Angela) has just been impregnated by an "Aerosmith" band member or associate...
"Junior" cleverly skirts scientific implausibility. It throws out medical terms here and there, without really explaining anything. Although a "test tube" would be preferable, they plot to plant a fertilized human egg into a man's body. Unexplained is how this experiment will help a female pregnancy but, perhaps a rising tide lifts all boats. The drug may even be able to prevent the fetus from killing its male host body. Even without a womb, Schwarzenegger is a tough guy. By being vague, this script works. The situation comedy is carried mostly by Schwarzenegger's predicament, with producer-director Ivan Reitman and his crew delivering the goods. However, the story always only goes for the most obvious humor; when it approaches any sort of depth, "Junior" stops short. It's skillfully produced, but steadfastly refuses to take any real chances with the material. In featured roles, Frank Langella and Judy Collins are employed well.
****** Junior (11/23/94) Ivan Reitman ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson, Pamela Reed
Built on a bedrock of hard science and a sound what if? premise, Ivan
Reitman's thoughtful film is... Oh, all right, 'Junior' is high concept
nonsense, but it's somehow better than I expected it to be.
A surprisingly decent (honest) Arnold Schwarzenegger is a scientist (stay with me here) who, along with partner Danny DeVito (it's only a film) has developed a drug to prevent miscarriages. With you so far, movie. But their funding is cut and Arnie has no choice but to test the drug on himself - by getting pregnant. So that's the premise, then.
Nothing truly unexpected happens and Emma Thompson is annoying but it's all fairly enjoyable for some reason. I can't quite figure it out.
Errr...OK where to start with this one? Arnold Schwartzenegger is a
scientist who wants to test a pregnancy drug for women but doesn't get
permission to do it. Instead, he and Danny DeVito come up with the
utterly deranged idea to decide to test it on a man, that being
Schwartzenegger obviously. After starting the experiment somehow,
Arnold eventually abandons the testing in exchange for keeping the
baby, acting like a sensitive woman, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
This film is terrible. It's your basic 1990s big-tough-guy-tapping-into-his-feminine-side awful comedy like 'Mr Nanny' I suppose (lessons which have NOT been beneficial to men OR women, but that's another story). There is some cheesy feminist rhetoric as to 'my body my choice' and 'you should try being a woman, it's a nightmare' (which in and of itself makes no logical sense), and none of it is remotely funny. I suppose the problem is that now that male sensitivity is mainstream to a somewhat crippling level, this film fails to be funny anymore. It just looks dated. The science which propels this horrifying idea forward is broken - how the hell does Arnold even grow a baby, having no womb? For me, I'd rather commit seppuku than watch this god-awful pile of horse manure again.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Junior is a weird comedy about a man named Dr. Hesse who injects an amniotic egg into his stomach with the help of his friend Dr. Abrogast to test a new baby drug so he can become pregnant. What Hesse doesn't know is that Abrogast stole the egg that was ejected from and stored away by a new doctor named Diana Reddin. But when Hesse goes into labor, an evil Professor is going to try to make the biggest news story ever about a pregnant man so he can get rich! My first impression on Junior: really sappy! Arnold makes one of his worst performances as Dr. Hesse who first seems like a baby hater but turns out to be a drug maker for baby eggs. The danger prone Dr. Reddin is a lame love interest and the slime ball villain Dr. Banes is a total pussycat. The only real good performance is brought to us by Danny DeVito as Larry Arbogast, he gave a good social comical performance as a baby doctor who cares for his work and does anything on his own terms. Now the story is crazy and the sequences just keep skipping possible moments that can make the movie interesting! It goes from Hesse finding out the egg is planted and he is pregnant to two weeks later, then ten week, then three months! And the jokes are not funny! Arnold dressing up as a woman to be safe from Dr. Banes is not funny, Larry's ex-wife getting pregnant from a person part of Aerosmith is not funny, the danger prone Dr. Reddin is not funny. This film is so sappy and it's loaded with pregnancy jokes that involves Arnold being a glut eating, saying he got cramps, getting a big stomach, buying larger clothes, being radiant and happy...Arnold you fool! Junior gets the 4, a sappy film that is just to low to enjoy. Good for people who like to listen about pregnancy or if you just want to catch a few winks of sleep.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had already stretched his funny bone when `Junior'
came out in 1994. He had made a little film with Danny DeVito named `Twins,'
and a sweet-natured comedy called `Kindergarten Cop.' And let's not forget
his very first film, `Hercules in New York,' a.k.a. `Hercules Goes Bananas,'
which would have fit the title much better.
But `Junior' is, by far, the worst comedy Schwarzenegger has starred in. Well, it's a close tie between `Jingle All the Way.'
Schwarzenegger plays a doctor who takes some top-secret medication, which makes him pregnant. Arnie pregnant. I wouldn't want to be there when the contractions kick in.
DeVito plays the doctor who helps keep it under wraps. Basically, the whole comedy blunders around doing nothing slowly. It had a lot of potential even with its ridiculous plot, but they just couldn't pull it off. They spend too much time doing nothing, including a scene with DeVito and Schwarzenegger talking about how DeVito's girlfriend ran off and had a child with an Aerosmith band member. So we really need specifics?
But that doesn't keep the mandatory one-liners from coming. I was waiting for Arnie to be in the throes of labor. I can see him being pulled back on top of a medical cot. And then he turns to Danny DeVito and says, `I'll be back!' Too bad they didn't use that one. It would have been good.
The funniest line in the film? `This is my body! I'll do whatever I want!' Classic Arnie.
Basically, when it all comes down to it, there is nothing particularly special about `Junior.' Sadly, we've seen it all before. Well, actually, I really haven't seen a movie about a pregnant man before, but `Junior' still isn't as good as it could have been. And should have been.
Good actors. Decent premise. Bad movie.
Its weird but at the same time funny. So its hard to say whether this movie stinks or its good. So its a tough call. Its got a good set of actors, its got an okay story line, but its just plain WEIRD ! I think it depends on the person who is watching it. If their idea of fun was watching Arnold Schwarzenegger go through morning sickness then they would love the film but otherwise people might just hate it to bits.
I love the movie, it's one of my favorite out of the other Arnold Schwarzenegger movies I've seen. I think that "Junior" is a hilarious movie, and a good one too! Arnold is a great actor, I mean all on his other movies, he played like a macho role, but in "Junior", he played kind of like a feminine role. This movie is so funny that I watch it over and over, because it's a GREAT movie!!
I love the movie, it's one of my favorite out of the other Arnold Schwarzenegger movies I've seen. I think that "Junior" is a hilarious movie, and a great one too! Arnold is a great actor, I mean all on his other movies, he played like a macho role, but in "Junior", he played kind of like a feminine role. This movie is so funny that I watch it over and over, because it's a GREAT movie!!
I am watching one of the worst films ever made. I don't think I can stay
the end. This is excruciating.
I can see why Arnold would take this role on. The premise is just right for him to spoof his image. And the cast is one of guaranteed winners. But, ohhhhh, the execution! It's awful! The acting is fine, the great chemistry between Arnold and DeVito is there, but nothing works. There are even some jokes that would be pretty funny in another context, but they flop.
Too bad, but this is a sorry, sorry movie.
a cleverly though out script with believable terminology like "expactane". This was arnie's funniest movie ever. The scene where arnold poses as a women why was overdosed on steriods by the german olympic team was hillarous. a must see film.
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