.

Junior

Emma Thompson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito

Directed by Ivan Reitman
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
November 23, 1994

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Dr. Alex Hesse, a shy genetic engineer who proves he can carry a baby to term. Ah-nuld's swollen belly is the joke — the only one — but director Ivan Reitman (Dave) takes it for a few deft spins. 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.

DeVito shows up in Junior as Dr. Larry Arbogast, Alex's gynecologist pal, and he and the big guy underplay nicely. Until Alex heads for a birth center in drag, Reitman's take on the script by Kevin Wade and Chris Conrad is pleasantly low-key. Surprisingly, it is Emma Thompson, on leave from the good manners of Merchant-Ivory (Howards End, The Remains of the Day), who goes barking bonkers. She got her start in comedy, and it's a kick watching her cut loose. As scientist Diana Reddin, she enters on a runaway cart filled with frozen eggs, one of them her own. It's the egg that Larry steals to implant in Alex. No fair revealing too much about this bizarre romance — think of it as Emma Thompson's Frankenstein — but for guys who may be wincing about how a man gives birth, uncross your legs: It's a C-section.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bird on a Wire”

    Leonard Cohen | 1969

    While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com