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3.4
/10
391 Ratings

Junior

Directed by Ivan Reitman
United States, 1994
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

As part of a fertility research project, a male scientist agrees to carry a pregnancy in his own body.

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Junior Directed by Ivan Reitman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1995 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globes (USA)

1995 | 3 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

The subversive potential of Schwarzenegger’s shifting form gives way to the conservative reflexes of the hard body, and Junior’s queer potential dissipates by the film’s predictable ending. (Yet, was anyone expecting an Ivan Reitman film to be the turning point for queer cinema?) Junior’s depiction of women is asinine, no doubt, and its valorization of the nuclear family is formulaic, but I wonder if the film allows—if only briefly—for the seeds of a new Hollywood masculinity to germinate?
August 21, 2014
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People who find this good-natured comedy amusing are apt to describe it as “cute,” though if Rietman had contrived to make a jaunty heart-warmer about Julia Roberts sprouting a penis, I doubt that the same adjective would apply, even with the best will in the world. The fact remains that patriarchal comedy is the operative mode here, and every gesture made to alter that is strictly salad dressing.
November 24, 1994
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