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Junior (1994)

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As part of a fertility research project, a male scientist agrees to carry a pregnancy in his own body.

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Ivan Reitman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Dr. Alex Hesse
Danny DeVito ... Dr. Larry Arbogast
Emma Thompson ... Dr. Diana Reddin
Frank Langella ... Noah Banes
Pamela Reed ... Angela
Aida Turturro ... Louise
James Eckhouse ... Ned Sneller
Megan Cavanagh ... Willow
Welker White ... Jenny
Kathleen Chalfant ... Casitas Madres Receptionist
Merle Kennedy Merle Kennedy ... Samantha
Judy Collins ... Naomi
Mindy Seeger ... Alice
Christopher Meloni ... Mr. Lanzarotta
Antoinette Peragine Antoinette Peragine ... Mrs. Lanzarotta
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Storyline

Alex Hesse and Larry Arbogast are working on a new drug which will reduce the chances of a woman's body rejecting an embryo and thus causing a miscarriage. When their research funding is withdrawn, and human experimentation is denied to them, they decide to test the drug by breifly impregnating Hesse. Hesse however becomes attached to "his" unborn baby. Written by Rob Hartill

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Nothing is inconceivable

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Júnior See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,763,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,431,355
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An early cut of the film ended with an abortion scene that was nixed by the studio after the subject was deemed to be "too politically sensitive." Extensive reshoots were required to make the final film work. See more »

Goofs

When Alex pushes Noah Banes into a stack of shelves, equipment is knocked to the floor and a leg is broken off the stack of shelves. The next shot shows the equipment is in different positions and there are another two legs broken off the shelves. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Hesse: My body. *My* choice!
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Funnier than you might think, worth the rental!
10 January 1999 | by Phoenix-36See all my reviews

Arnold Schwarzenegger as a scientist who makes himself pregnant? The premise is pretty funny, even if the idea of Ah-nold in a comedy makes one suspicious. I thought "Twins" was awful, and "Conan" a comedy by accident. "Kindergarten Cop" was better because Schwarzenegger was mostly a straight man. Here he is called on to act the part of a pregnant man opposite Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson. While it is not an Oscar calibre performance, he gets the job done.

The story is reasonably simple. DeVito (a fertility specialist) and Schwarzenegger (a scientist) are partners working on a new miracle fertility drug. Their project gets canceled by the University and replaced by an ovarian study under the direction of Emma Thompson. They decide to implant an embryo in Schwarzenegger and continue the study illegally. They steal an egg from Thompson's ovarian study and the stage is set. Of course, the egg is Thompson's and she and Schwarzenegger are attracted to each other.

Ivan Reitman does a very good job with the story, keeping it simple and staying focused on the characters. Had he spent a lot of time focusing on the physical comedy, the film would have failed. Instead we get to watch the ultimate "macho" figure take on the ultimate "female" experience. The contrast keeps the comedy rolling, while the characters carry the film.

It is hardly a profound film, although it is intelligently written. The issues raised rely on simple male vs. female differences and the contrast of Schwarzenegger's image with this role is used to full effect. It's an enjoyable film with strong performances by Thompson and DeVito.


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