• Review Date: April 30, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Arnold's Mr. Mom film lacks belly laughs.
  • Review Date: April 30, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 109 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

In general, characters have their hearts in the right place, but they occasionally do questionable things in the name of a higher purpose. For instance, two doctors ignore an FDA decision and secretly test an experimental fertility drug on a human. One of them steals a frozen egg from another scientist's cryogenics research project. However, characters overall take responsibility for their actions.


Dr. Hesse throws another character across a room. One scene shows a doctor injecting a long needle into a man's abdomen. During two separate childbirth scenes, a little blood is seen on a suction tube and on a newborn infant's head.


A woman and man kiss, and later are interrupted while they're making out on a couch. The woman later suggests that they have sex, which occurs off-screen. A shelf of porno videos is briefly seen in a fertility doctor's office. It's understood that the videos are there to help men submit their sperm samples.


A few curse words, such as "s--t" and "bastard."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character is shown smoking cigars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, which features a male character who becomes pregnant, is probably not for younger kids who are still asking, "Where do babies come from?" Some kids might also be disturbed by the fact that chimpanzees, which are used in fertility experiments in the film, are shown in cages in a laboratory. However, the movie does not depict any animal abuse, unless one counts the fact that the chimps had to co-star in a mediocre film.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In JUNIOR, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays scientist Alex Hesse, who agrees to test an experimental fertility drug on himself. So far he has only tried Expectane on chimps, but when the FDA prohibits further study on actual women, Hesse's partner, obstetrician/gynecologist Larry Arbogast (Danny DeVito), convinces him to undergo a procedure in which Arbogast injects an embryo into Hesse's abdomen. Hesse then takes regular doses of Expectane and industrial-strength shots of female hormones. The result, while biologically outlandish, is pretty predictable. As \"Junior\" grows in Hesse's belly (and he responds to all those hormones), he gets in touch with his feminine side, transforming from a reserved, unemotional scientist to a sensitive, warm, er, mommy-to-be.

Is it any good?


Watching Danny DeVito administer a sonogram to the bulging belly of Arnold Schwarzenegger should probably be hilarious, but it may leave some viewers screaming for the Demerol. Hearing Schwarzenegger say the equivalent of "I'm keeping my baby" is good for a mild chuckle, sure, and it's somewhat touching to see his character thaw. Still, the comedy is more likely to induce cringes than belly laughs, which is too bad, given what director Ivan Reitman has done with movies like Stripes and Ghostbusters. And let's face it -- it's kind of creepy to see Schwarzenegger's muscled torso expand into an inflated pregnant belly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Dr. Hesse decides to "keep the baby." How does the experience change him and make him a better person overall? They can also talk about comedies they really enjoy. What do they have in common? What kind of humor do they use? How are they effective at making you laugh? Is there an element of the absurd in everything that's funny?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 23, 1994
DVD release date:December 15, 1998
Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson
Director:Ivan Reitman
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sex-related humor.

This review of Junior was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written byjames brown April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

sucks SO bad

this deffinetly gets the "worst" movie award. just because I said it's ok for kids my age dosn't mean they should watch it. arnolds sapost to kill people not be pregnant. come on, DON'T watch enough said.
Teen, 16 years old Written byLNC April 1, 2010

Okay for older kids, inappropiate to tweens

I saw the movie when I was seven or younger and liked it. At that age I was too young to know what "bad words" really were so I'm not sure about the language. I thought it was pretty strange that a man could be pregnant but found the movie funny.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old November 14, 2010

So many chances to be funny! How did they mess it up?

Really? Arnold is PREGNANT! This is the perfect formula for a really funny plot, but it's so bland! Besides being a continous line of dialogue, there are no punchlines! Truly, this worries me. The most well known bodybuilder in the USA is pregnant, and you cannot make it funny? Pretty sad.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools