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A 1994 film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a scientist who gets pregnant.
No, really. Arnold plays scientist Dr. Alex Hesse, who, with his partner Dr. Larry Arbogast (Danny DeVito), develops a drug that is supposed to help against miscarriages. After being denied research funding and a test subject, Arnold's character offers to carry the baby. Although it was initially to be a three-month test, he ends up carrying the baby to full term.
No, really. He gives birth and everything. We get to see him all the way through the pregnancy. It's played mostly straight, but at least gives a somewhat interesting character development by breaking Hesse out of his shell. The baby also has a mother, Dr. Diana Reddin (Emma Thompson), who had donated the ovum. Hesse and Reddin start an unconventional family by the end.
The movie was not terribly well-received by critics, although Roger Ebert in particular thought that it was very entertaining, and especially commended Arnold's role. The movie was a modest box office hit, earning $108,431,355 in the worldwide market. It was notably more successful in the international market than the American one, where it initially only gained $36,763,355 becoming the 39th most successful film of its year.
- Babies Ever After
- Has Two Mommies: Arguably. Although Hesse winds up in a relationship with the woman who (unknowingly) provided the egg, at one point the other male scientist who pioneered the technique comments "It's my baby, too."
- Here We Go Again/Oh Crap: In the epilogue, when Larry's wife thought of having another baby but didn't wanna go through all the pregnancy again. Hesse said she doesn't have to and they all stare at Larry, who caught on and said "oh no".
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Diana Reddin, a medical researcher. Overlaps with Dojikko.
- Mister Seahorse: Played... rather seriously, really.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Yep.
- Reality Subtext: As it happens, before he got into acting and bodybuilding, Arnold wanted to be a scientist.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Perhaps the only truly funny scene in the whole film is Arnold donning a dress to enter a home for expecting mothers. And explaining his physique to the other mothers as a result of having competed in shot put for East Germany, which produced quite a lot of very muscular female athletes.