Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1994. Universal Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment. Screenplay by Kevin Wade, Chris Conrad. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg. Produced by Ivan Reitman. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.
When genetic scientists Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito can’t get their anti-miscarriage drug approved by the national drug board, they decide to try it out on a test subject in order to have proof that it works. They know they could never find a woman who would agree to endangering her pregnancy with an unapproved drug, so with a little priority shifting they put a bun in Schwarzenegger’s oven and try the drug out for one intended tri-mester. What they aren’t aware of is that the frozen egg they stole for the purposes of fertilization actually belonged to the new scientist (Emma Thompson) working in their lab with whom Schwarzenegger is possibly entertaining a romance. Things get scarier when he decides to keep his baby past the first three months and carry it to term. Audiences stayed away in droves from this comedy, but what they missed out on was seeing the world’s toughest action man developing a convincing and very charming soft side. Lots of plot holes involving the plausibility of this story ever happening are left unexplained, but it is not boring and some of the jokes do fly. The two leads work fabulously well together, and Thompson is a riot as the klutzy doctor.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Song (“Look What Love Has Done”)
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Arnold Schwarzenegger); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Emma Thompson); Best Original Song (“Look What Love Has Done”)