Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz! I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Ivan Reitman” with a minor in “Nipples”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week Supercult asks his very confused girlfriend “Does my body disgust you?” after watching Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior!
Austrian Research geneticist Dr. Alex Hess is not a fan of infants, but he’s supportive when his colleague Dr. Larry Arbogast invents a fertility drug that can reduce the chances of miscarriages. When the research funding is cut and the human trials for the drug are cancelled, however, Larry convinces Alex to help test the drug himself. Alex’s nightmares become realities when he suddenly becomes the first pregnant male complete with morning sickness, mood swings, and very sensitive nipples! Can Alex and his relationships survive motherhood? Nothing is inconceivable in Junior!
Released in 1994, just a few months after True Lies and a few years before the Supercult classic Jingle All the Way, Junior is a gripping sci-fi, action, thriller that sternly examines the human condition and the futility of peace in the Middle East… Just kidding, it’s a goofy rom-com about a pregnant man! LOL!
Junior stars the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Alex Hesse, Danny DeVito as Dr. Larry Arbogast, and Emma Thompson as Dr. Diana Reddin, Alex’s colleague and love interest, Frank Langella as Noah Banes the selfish head of the review board, and Pamela Reed as Angela, Arbogast’s pregnant ex-wife. The real star of the show though is Junior’s director Ivan Reitman, the producer/director responsible for such critically acclaimed classics as Stripes, Ghostbusters I & II, Animal House, Up in the Air. Of course that’s not really a plus in our books here at Supercult, so I also have to mention that he worked on lackluster films like Evolution and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Space Jam as well as Supercult classics like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, and Heavy Metal! How’s that for a resume!
Clearly Reitman is no stranger to the Supercult genre, but it goes deeper than that. He also worked on Twins (1988) and Kindergarten Cop (1990), both starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Junior is the third film in this unconnected trilogy of comedies directed by Reitman and starring Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger’s co-stars in this film include Danny DeVito (who also starred in “Twins”) and Pamela Reed (who also starred in “Kindergarten Cop”). All three films involve a theme of childrearing and out of all the films, Reitman chose Junior as his favorite.
Junior had mixed to negative reviews. Comedian and former Mystery Science Theatre 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the second-worst comedy ever made. For those of you who are curious, the list goes:
- Chairman of the Board (1998) starring Carrot Top
- It’s Pat: The Movie (1994)
- The Master of Disguise (2002)
- Junior (1994)
- Little Nicky (2000)
Junior was lukewarm at the box office, as well. Junior had a budget of about $60 million and in North America the film grossed only slightly more than half of its budget and bringing in only $108.4 million worldwide. However, Roger Ebert was a fan of the film giving it a 3 ½ out of four stars and maintaining that: “I know this sounds odd, but Schwarzenegger is perfect for the role. Observe his acting carefully in Junior, and you’ll see skills that many serious actors could only envy.” Those acting compliments were hard earned though, because Arnold reportedly spent a lot time in obstetricians’ waiting rooms to learn how pregnant women behave.
With an IMDB rating of 4.5 and a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, Junior “delivers” exactly what we expect: an outrageous, hilarious, and unbelievably quotable bad movie.
On a complete side-note, In February 2008, Scottish artist Sandy Smith launched an essay-writing competition, asking entrants to attempt to prove that Junior could be considered the greatest movie of all time. Despite being covered in the national press, the competition received fewer entries than there were prizes offered. The essays submitted, and one commissioned from an academic essay-writing company to Smith’s own specifications, are available to read on the competition website – www.juniorbestfilmever.info.
I expect your essays on my desk by tomorrow morning.
The Supercult show is proud to present Junior!