Junior (film)

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German title Junior
Original title Junior
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1994
length 106 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Ivan Reitman
script Chris Conrad ,
Kevin Wade
production Ivan Reitman
music James Newton Howard
camera Adam Greenberg
cut Wendy Greene Bricmont ,
Sheldon Kahn

Junior is an American comedy film from the year 1994 . The director was Ivan Reitman , the writer wrote Chris Conrad and Kevin Wade . The main roles are played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito , who played together in the 1988 Reitman film Twins . Emma Thompson can also be seen in a leading role .


The scientists Alex Hesse and Larry Arbogast deal with the development of human embryos . They decide to implant a fertilized egg cell in Hesse's body and examine its development for three months. They use an anonymous egg cell, which later turns out to be the egg cell of her colleague Diana Reddin.

After three months, the pregnancy should be terminated, but Hesse decides to have the child. He experiences mood swings similar to those common in pregnant women.

Hesse falls in love with Reddin, who is upset when she learns of the theft. But later she reciprocates his feelings.


The film received mixed reviews. The film review portal Rotten Tomatoes gives 36% positive reviews for the film and it has a Metascore of 59 out of 100 on Metacritic .

The main character's play was described as “convincing”, among other things. The film was praised as "entertaining" as well as criticized as "undemanding". In the lexicon of international films , it was described as “harmless entertainment” that offered no “big surprises”. In Cinema magazine it was described as a "nice movie".

The film critic Christian Klosz suggested the film in the film library on filmpluskritik.com and judged: What makes "Junior" so special and makes it a typical Ivan Reitman film is the positive attitude on which it is based. The film puts you in a good mood, is entertaining without looking too stupid, and leaves you with the feeling that "everything will be fine" in the end. "


Carole Bayer Sager , James Newton Howard , James Ingram and Patty Smyth were nominated for the Oscar and Golden Globe film awards in the Best Song category for Look What Love Has Done . Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emma Thompson were nominated for a Golden Globe for their roles.

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Junior at Rotten Tomatoes (English)
  2. Junior at Metacritic (English)
  3. Junior. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 13, 2015 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  4. Christian Klosz: Film Library: 2. "Junior" (1994) - criticism. In: Film plus criticism - online magazine for film & cinema. November 3, 2017, accessed on July 21, 2019 (German).