A 1994 film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
as a scientist who gets pregnant
No, really. Arnold plays Dr. Alexander 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, Alexander agrees to carry the baby after some convincing from Larry. 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 Alexander out of his shell. The baby also has a mother, Dr. Diana Reddin (Emma Thompson
), who had (unknowingly) donated the ovum. Alexander and Diana 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.
This film provides examples of:
- Babies Ever After
- Has Two Mommies: Arguably. Although Alexander winds up in a relationship with Diana (who unknowingly provided the egg), at one point Larry (who pioneered the technique) comments "It's my baby, too!"
- Here We Go Again / Oh Crap: In the epilogue, when Angela (Larry's wife) thinks of having another baby but doesn't want to go through all the pregnancy again and Alexander says she doesn't have to. Then they all stare at Larry, who catches on and says "oh no." And runs off with Alexander chasing after him to tell him it won't be that bad.
- Hot Scientist: Diana. Overlaps with Dojikko.
- Mr. Seahorse: Played...rather seriously, really.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Yep
- Spiritual Successor: To Twins.
- 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.