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Junior (1994)

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Ultimate manly man Arnold Schwarzenegger learns what it's like to be an expectant mother in director Ivan Reitman's high-concept comedy. Schwarzenegger plays Dr. Hess, a medical researcher working on a revolutionary drug to help mothers carry endangered infants to term. When government regulations prevent Dr. Hess from testing the drug through normal channels, his partner Dr. Arbogast (Danny DeVito) develops an unorthodox solution: they will steal a female egg and implant it in Hess, who will carry the child himself. Predictably, much of the subsequent humor centers on the incongruous sight of the muscular Schwarzenegger undergoing the trials and tribulations of pregnancy, from morning sickness to labor pains. Emma Thompson returns to her comic roots and provides romantic interest as an incorrigibly clumsy but intelligent scientist who catches on to Hess' deception. Reitman, Schwarzenegger, and DeVito had previously had a hit with Twins (1988), which revolved around a similarly ludicrous medical premise, but they failed to repeat that film's success here, as audiences largely ignored the film and reviewers criticized the humor as disappointingly obvious.

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Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Dr. Alexander Hesse
Danny DeVito
as Dr. Larry Arbogast
Emma Thompson
as Dr. Diana Reddin
Frank Langella
as Noah Banes
James Eckhouse
as Dr. Ned Sneller
Merle Kennedy
as Samantha
Christopher Meloni
as Mr. Lanzarotta
Antoinette Peragine
as Mrs. Lanzarotta
Ellen McLaughlin
as Chairwoman (FDA)
Stefan Gierasch
as Edward Sawyer
Michele Abrams
as Waiting Room Woman
Judy Ovitz
as Stewardess
Kevin West
as Lyndon Executive
Ira Newborn
as Lyndon Executive
Misa Koprova
as Lyndon Receptionist
Jodi Knotts
as Waiting Room Woman
Michelle Abrams
as Waiting Room Woman
Kathleen Chalfant
as Casitas Madres Receptionist
Anna Gunn
as Casitas Madres Receptionist
Lisa Summerour
as Casitas Madres Exercise Attendant
Kristina Hardee
as Casitas Madres Exercise Attendant
Leah Teweles
as Mrs. Logan
Maggie Han
as Lab Assistant
Dee Hengstler
as Banquet Dancer
Jerald Vincent
as Banquet Dancer
Charles McGowan
as Banquet Dancer
Chris Pray
as Reporter
John Yang
as Reporter
Sara Peery
as Reporter
Jan Yanehiro
as Reporter
Lawrence T. Wrentz
as Campus Security Guard
Ryan Doss
as `Jake'
Kieran Giammichele
as Library Baby
Monika Schnarre
as Angelic Nurse
Allen Walls
as Banquet Waiter
Kevin Sifuentes
as Banquet Valet
Tom Dugan
as Lobster Man
Holly Wortell
as Lobster Woman
Susan Dills
as Campus Gal
Peter Chen
as Taxi Driver
Julie Vasquez
as Ticket Agent
Dayna Winston
as Stewardess at Boarding Gate
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Critic Reviews for Junior

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

A happy, healthy, bouncing baby of a movie.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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The plot is a more fertile ground for comedy than the 'sperm milkshake' that made Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito brothers in Reitman's Twins.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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For the right audience, Junior may deliver. But there's a whole lot of pregnancy to go through first.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Junior demands more range from its leading man than he's capable of giving. The predictable result is a big-budget mess more likely to elicit groans than laughter.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

As a comedy, Junior has its share of laughs -- but no more than its share.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fleecy romantic caper with a dusting of feminism, the picture is basically a one-joke movie successfully nursed by director Ivan Reitman.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Junior

½

okay we get it, schwarzenegger is big and devito is small. please stop! it's jumped the shark! this film again is just some funny lines here or there from arnold only because it's arnold. scripts bad and i put this under a bad carrer move for devito.

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

Junior is a poorly constructed comedy that should never have been made. The idea behind the film was pretty original, but director Ivan Reitman doesn't know how to properly direct, and make this film watchable. This had the potential of being a witty, original comedy, and though it's original, Junior is a poorly constructed film with an awful script. The film might have had a good premise, but overall it fails to entertain. This one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's worst films and I think that the film might have worked if he wasn't on board. I mean Schwarzenegger is an action star, not a comedy star. Junior is a poor attempt at a comedy, and though the idea might have been interesting, the end result is a film that is dreadful and not worth watching. Ivan Reitman has made one of his worst films with this film, and it could have been much better than this. The film suffers from an awful script, and though it's amusing at time, overall Junior fails to be a memorable comedy and really doesn't cut it. Maybe the film would have worked if the script had been revised a few times. Unfortunately the film is awful, and the plot is poor and the cast though trying their best to make the film entertaining, simply are wasted and just don't deliver anything good on-screen. This might have been a good comedy, but instead it ends up being an awful, forgettable comedy that is definitely not worth your time.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Can you really blame me for taking an interest with the events of the past couple of weeks? Looking over the criteria, why wouldn't this be a home run? The director is Ivan Reitman, who makes decent comedies, the cast includes Oscar winner Emma Thompson and always versatile Danny Devito, and the premise and script are pretty decent. So what could be so terrible about this? Ah yes, The Terminator plays the lead role of Dr. Hess, an impregnated man. The critics have ripped this film to shreds, deeming it one of the worst in recent history. This is a bit harsh, even for such a ridiculous movie. Yeah, there are some truly corny and/or creepy scenes, including a dance sequence between Hess and fellow scientist Dr. Reddin (Thompson) where Hess is seven months along, and Reddin flips a shoe onto a dining room table. Still, the only thing that irked me was Arnold. Arnold was never meant to broaden his talents by foraying into comedies, especially not when his character is so cutesy. The Terminator, blowing shit up and trying to kill John Connor? But of course. Dressing in drag while doing lamaze exercises. Not so much. Plus Schwartzenegger's irritating voice can work wonders in films like Jingle All the Way and Commando, but in this film, it just made me giggle. Why gubenator, why?

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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