Rated: PG-13 for adult content. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: November 23, 1994 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
No one can accuse Arnold Schwarzenegger of not taking chances with his career. Very few macho actors would feel comfortable dressing in drag as a pregnant woman. He is certainly the largest and strangest looking woman I've seen, and he's also the funniest.
Schwarzenegger plays a scientist working on a fertility drug at a college-run lab with his gynecologist-partner, played by Danny DeVito. Just before they have the final results of their research, the government cuts funding and the school gives their lab to a cryogerist, played by Emma Thompson.
Thompson lets them use part of her lab and they resume their research with Schwarzenegger as the guinea pig. He has a fertilized egg implanted in his stomach, expecting to end the experiment after a few weeks. However, Schwarzenegger's hormones kick in and he becomes attached to the baby he's carrying and refuses to end his pregnancy.
Thompson, who usually stars in period films, began her career as a stand up comic on British television and although you don't expect to find her falling about in films, she's quite good as the bumbling, clumsy scientist.
Junior is a clever premise and it sets up some very funny scenes. Schwarzenegger dressed in a pink maternity frock and a curly wig, taking breathing classes and getting in touch with his "feminine side" with other pregnant women, is a sight to behold.
DeVito and Schwarzenegger team up again with director Ivan Reitman (Twins), and the result is not only a humorous film, but also a sweet and often tender one.