Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito team up with Emma Thompson in Junior, in their follow-up to Twins from director Ivan Reitman! Dr. Alex Hesse (Schwarzenegger) and his associate, Dr. Larry Arbogast (DeVito), develop a wondrous new drug to ensure healthy pregnancies. When the government forbids further testing of their creation, Alex and Larry secretly move forward with a daring plan…to impregnate Larry! Along the way, they must cope with a snooping, villainous research administrator (Frank Langella) and the brilliant, beautiful-but-klutzy scientist, Dr. Diana Reddin (Thompson). The seeds are sown for a hysterical, high-spirited whirlwind of humor, romance and tender insights into the magnificent power of maternal love.
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The shoe in the machine is Emma Thompson, another scientific researcher who is such a klutz it's amazing she's allowed anywhere near expensive scientific equipment. It seems the egg taken for the fertility experiment belonged to her and was taken without her consent, so Arnie is carrying Emma's baby. Complicating everyone's life further is that Danny DeVito (Schwarzenegger's research partner) learns his ex-wife is pregnant after a one-night stand with one of the staff members of the Aerosmith band, and she wants her ex to deliver the baby. Schwarzenegger and the ex get cozy as "girlfriends"--binge eating, comparing belly sizes--while Arnie starts falling for the likable, if dangerous, Thompson.
And Frank Langella, who seems to have found is true calling in life as a villain, makes a great one in this as he decides to get rich and famous by taking over the research project AND Arnie. (Spoiler alert--it ain't gonna happen, Frankie.)
This is a warm, somewhat corny but very fun movie about role reversal and its effect on two men, two women, and two babies. I've watched it probably a dozen times over the last 20 years, and it's still fun. It's also a testament to Danny DeVito's acting ability. Rather like Christopher Reeve's "you'll believe a man can fly," DeVito and Schwarzenegger will make you believe a man can have a baby.
After having a fertilized egg implanted into his abdomen and taking an experimental drug (designed to prevent miscarriages) combined with high doses of female hormones, Dr. Hesse (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sees his personality go from rigid to warm and sentimental. His colleagues (Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson) are drawn into this extraordinary adventure in a much unanticipated way and their personal lives are as a result completely transformed.
All three actors are, as always, impeccable. I strongly recommend this movie.