Junior

Junior

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Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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 pangs. 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 ignoring the film and reviewers criticized the humor as disappointingly obvious. Bonus Materials on the DVD include a featurette, the original theatrical trailer, and a section of cast filmographies.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
High-concept films are defined by the ability to boil the plot down to a single sentence. Junior can be pitched in three words -- Arnold Schwarzeneggar pregnant. Once that set-up was agreed to, it is fairly obvious that very little work went into the actual script. Arnie's glowing with expectancy and the woefully underappreciated Pamela Reed as his pregnant friend bring forth the only real laughs in the film. The sequence of the two of them bingeing on junk food while trading stories is easily the best scene in the film. Emma Thompson tries her hardest, but she is undone by the glaring fact that she has been given no real character to play. Instead of mining the pregnancy angle for emotional truth as well as laughs, the film settles on a tired comedic thriller plot. Once the stunt casting wears off, it is apparent that Schwarzeneggar, DeVito, and director Ivan Reitman are on autopilot throughout Junior.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0025192033827
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
18,633

Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Dr. Alexander Hesse
Danny DeVito Dr. Larry Arbogast
Emma Thompson Dr. Diana Reddin
Frank Langella Noah Banes
Pamela Reed Angela
Judy Collins Naomi
James Eckhouse Dr. Ned Sneller
Aida Turturro Louise
Welker White Jenny
Merle Kennedy Samantha
Mindy Seeger Alice
Christopher Meloni Mr Lanzarotta
Cassandra Wilson Singer
Ellen McLaughlin Chairwoman (FDA)
Stefan Gierasch Edward Sawyer
Judy Ovitz Stewardess
Kevin West Lyndon Executive
Ira Newborn Lyndon Executive
Michele Abrams Waiting Room Woman
Kathleen Chalfant Casitas Madres Receptionist
Maggie Han Lab Assistant
Lawrence Tierney Mover
Matt Mulhern Mover
Lawrence T. Wrentz Campus Security Guard
Monika Schnarre Angelic Nurse
Kevin Sifuentes Banquet Valet
Tom Dugan Lobster Man
Holly Wortell Lobster Woman
Maggy Myers Davidson Campus Gal
Dean Jacobson Turkel
Mary Gordon Murray Betty
Dee Hengstler Banquet Dancer
Jerald Vincent Banquet Dancer
Charles McGowan Banquet Dancer
Peter Elliott Reporter
Megan Cavanaugh Willow

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Alan Berger Casting
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Dr.Richard Buyalos Consultant/advisor
Beverly J. Camhe Executive Producer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Chinich Casting
Chris Conrad Producer,Screenwriter
Daniel Goldberg Executive Producer
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
James Ingram Score Composer
Sheldon Kahn Associate Producer,Editor
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Joe McKinney Makeup
Joe Medjuck Executive Producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup
Ve Neill Makeup
Neal Nordlinger Co-producer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
Patty Smyth Songwriter
Kevin Wade Screenwriter
Gordon A. Webb Co-producer
Gary Wissner Art Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. Main titles [4:47]
2. The FDA hearing [3:53]
3. Project halted [1:11]
4. The dairy section [2:58]
5. Radical ideas [3:17]
6. Stealing the egg [3:19]
7. The procedure [3:59]
8. I'm pregnant! [:29]
9. I'm not myself [6:02]
10. The dance [4:33]
11. Banes butts in [2:41]
12. In the restaurant [3:01]
13. The other mother [3:43]
14. Alexandra [7:02]
15. Diana arrives [7:07]
16. The ambush [4:08]
17. That's your baby [5:07]
18. One year later [4:29]

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