Synopsis: Alex Hesse and Larry Arbogast are working on a new drug which will reduce the chances of a woman's body rejecting an embryo and thus causing a miscarriage. When their research funding is withdrawn, and human experimentation is denied to them, they decide to test the drug by breifly impregnating Hesse. Hesse however becomes attached to "his" unborn baby.
Director(s): Ivan Reitman
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Hello, there's a baby here.

There must be a mother. Hello!

There's a baby.


Hello? Is anybody here?

Miscarriage-prone female reproductive

system is merely an extension

of the body's natural and necessary

instincts to reject foreign matter.

Just two drops. The body

mistakenly identifies the embryo

as an unwanted foreign substance

and creates antibodies

to fight and reject it.

From this equation comes the

idea for the drug, Expectane

which acts to neutralize

the interfering antibodies

and promote successful

embryo attachment.

Minnie here, had a

history of miscarriages.

As a result of our treatments, she's

now in her seventh month of pregnancy.

She takes 10 cc of

Expectane three times a day.

Hey, Keith. Good morning.

- Ned.

- Larry. Hey, big day.

- Are you nervous?

- FDA? Piece of cake.

- Sign those plan documents, will you?

- All right.

Hello, Louse. Hello, everybody.

Mrs. Parrish is in for a

second trimester sonogram.

You have an initial

consultation with the Lanzarottas

and Mrs. Logan's here for a final.

- Okay. Bagel, please. Thank you.

- Hello.

- Doctor.

- I'm ready to explode.

- Not here, you're not.


- Just one more month.

- Yes.

- Get me new blood and urine samples.

- Blood and urine samples.

Dr. Hesse, good luck with the FDA.

Luck is for the ill-prepared.

- Car's waiting out front.

- Thank you.

I had them check the traffic reports.

And the big dweeb?

He and Mr. Banes will meet

you downtown. Good luck.

In testing the drug on chimpanzees

with a history of miscarriages

I found conclusively that in every

instance the side effects observed

were consistent with the behavioral

and metabolic changes in subjects

with normal, unmedicated pregnancies:

Nausea, mood swings, appetite

fluctuation, irritability.

Typical "lamb chop's got a

bun in the oven" type behavior.

This drug works.

Madam chairperson, ladies and gentlemen

we respectfully request

the board's approval

to carry on into an

invasive human protocol.

Thank you.

You got to let us try

this on real women.

Women in need.

Our sisters.

- Our daughters...

- Dr. Arbogast.

If you could see the couples

that come into my office.

- Their pain and frustration is genuine.

- Dr. Arbogast.


This is an FDA hearing, not a telethon.

We have all the information we need.

Thank you.

As director of Leland University's

biotechnology research program

I thank you on behalf of my esteemed

colleagues for your consideration.

Let's go, gentlemen.

- Thank you very much.

- Thank you.

That went pretty good.

I'm sure you'll be

very comfortable here.

We have all the latest

videocassettes, the current magazines.

Give it to Louise when you're finished.

I'm sure you'll be very comfortable.

Just relax and enjoy

it. That's the ticket.

Dr. Arbogast? Your wife, sorry, your

ex-wife's in your office.

- She says she needs to talk to you.

- What?

Yeah. In there.

You're doing great. See you in a month.

- Hi.

- Angela, what are you doing here?

I've got something really

important to talk to you about.

- You might want to sit down.

- I'm busy, Angela.

I'm, pregnant, Larry.


That's wonderful.

- How long?

- Seven weeks, give or take.

The Kelman wedding. The

night of the Kelman wedding.

- Yeah, that's the only time we did it.

- No.

He was in and out of

my life very quickly.

Not quickly enough, apparently.

- He who?

- It's not important.

You sure it's not mine?

Come on. After all the years we tried

I don't think it's going to

happen one night, by accident.

Thought maybe one of mine could

have bribed his way in or something.

What do you want from me, Angela?

I want you to be my doctor.

Thank you very much, Angela, but I...

Even if I wanted to, I

couldn't. We're related.

- Not since the divorce.

- Dr. Arbogast.

- Dr. Arbogast.

- In a minute!

No. That's final.

I'll ask Ned if he's got any room. If

there's anybody better than me, it' Ned.

I'm sorry. Noah Banes is on

one. He says it's important.

Ned Sneller? Forget it.

He looks at me, Larry.


I'm, on my way.

What seems to be the trouble?

They've jammed the lock.

Dr. Hesse, this is totally

unacceptable behavior.

- Open this door, now.

- I will miss you most of all.

Pop the hinges.

Banes. What's going on?

Dr. Arbogast, good news

and bad news, I'm afraid.

FDA decision, wicked bad news.

- They turned us down?

- I'm afraid so.

And the review board has

terminated our project.

I'm sorry, but lab space is

tight, and money's even tighter.

- They canceled the project.

- Please, Banes.

I got $300,000 in this drug.

You got to cut me some slack.

Would that I could, but it's out

of my hands. Blame the review board.

You're head of the board.

Yes, I am. Rock and a hard place.

What's the good news?

Well, I really hate

to dance on your grave.

But I landed Dr. Diana Reddin

and her ovum cryogenics project.

I need you to be extremely

careful with this.

- Lady, if I hear that one more time...

- They're very fragile.

I've just got to set the

level for the incliners.

- Don't touch that!

- You shouldn't be up there!

Stop! No!

Help me! Help me! Help me now!

- My babies!

- Out of the way!

Thank you. Thank you.

That's not necessary.

Get off me.


Thank you so very much.

Leave me alone.

- Dr. Reddin? Are you all right?

- Yes.

I'm fine. Thank you.

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Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade was born on March 9, 1954. He is a producer and writer, known for Blue Bloods (2010), Meet Joe Black (1998) and Working Girl (1988). He was previously married to Polly Draper. more…

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