Nothing is inconceivable
As part of a fertility research project, a male scientist agrees to carry a pregnancy in his own body.
A lot of people will dismiss this film as dumb. Or, they'll say this is the point where Arnold jumped the shark; I disagree. It actually works in a lot of ways, most notably because of Schwarzenegger's acting ability. I mean it's probably already notable in films like 'Kindergarten Cop' but here I think his comedic timing and understanding of American humor has truly taken shape. A lot of people dismiss him as a man who just lucked out but make no mistake it's through films like this we see that Arnold's work ethic pay off.
As part of my campaign to watch every Arnie film.
I remember hating Junior absolutely. On a re-watch it actually has a few bright points. Emma Thompson gives it her all as a clumsy scientist. And this is a ballsy career move even for a guy whose star was on the wane like Ahnolt in 1994. This was coming off True Lies and he could have coasted through the decade making the same old action films. This was a gutsy choice.
But it's still a movie all about emotions and feelings and as evidence that Ahnolt is not the man to do this movie I present to you a direct quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography:
"Women always talked about emotions…
A delightful and charming comedy from Ivan Reitman in which Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the world's first pregnant man where Schwarzenegger gives a fantastic performance showcasing that he does have some range as well as can play a sensitive man.
Ivan Reitman's Junior is so bad that it's almost good. The foolishness of its premise serves for a few laughs, but the movie was impossible to take seriously even if it clearly wasn't made to be taken that way. What really made it something not-that-bad though was the nice performances of its actors. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emma Thompson oddly displayed a good chemistry and Danny DeVito was funny as usual.
The gender stereotypes in this make it really obvious that it was made 20 years ago.
Oscar Nominee for Best Song
Golden Globe Nominee for Best Song, Schwarzenegger and Thompson.
The novelty of the plot would be enough to make it funny if Danny DeVito didn't suck all of the humor out of it.
Who comes up with this shit?
Not as bad as I remembered it. Arnie gets boxed. It's funny because he's a man. Also, it's not very funny. Can't understand why Emma Thompson signed up for it.
Ummm, sure. Because the cast is so game, they sell it. Emma Thompson adds a lot of class here. Great original song here too.