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Film Released: 1994
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy, Romance
Film Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Cast/Actors include : Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson
Larry (played by Danny DeVito)
is a fertility specialist working with scientist Alex (played by Arnold
Schwarzenegger) on a new miracle fertility drug which will hopefully reduce the
chances of a woman's body rejecting an embryo. However, when their project is
cancelled by the University and replaced by an ovarian study under the direction
of Diana (played by Emma Thompson) they decide to continue with their trials
just long enough to get enough results to get the drug accepted by
pharmaceutical companies, despite the fact that human experimentation has not
been approved by the FDA.
Larry steals an egg from Dianna's project, not realising it's actually hers, and
Alex fertilises it with his sperm. They then implant an embryo into Alex's
abdominal cavity with every intention of stopping the trial after 3 months.
and continue the study illegally during which time Alex is heavily dosed with
their new wonder drug.
However, the drug has the added effect of affecting Alex not only
physically but also emotionally and he starts to display the usual changes caused by pregnancy which causes him to see things from a different
perspective resulting in him deciding to carry on with the experiment and carry
his baby full term.
the same time, Alex and Diana find themselves romantically and physically drawn
to each other and everything seems to be going well until she finds out he has
used her stolen egg when their relationship hits a rocky patch for a while.
To make things worse, one of their an ex-colleagues finds out about the
baby and under the original rules of the project's funding, namely that the
results of the research belong to the university i.e. the baby attempts to have Alex locked up until the end of the pregnancy. Alex manages to escape
with Larry's help and spends the remainder of his confinement disguised as a
woman at a
home for expecting mothers.
He eventually gives birth via caesarean section, keeps the baby and sets up
home with Diana who is seen to be pregnant with their second child at the end of
The recipe we've chosen is lovingly mentioned
by Alex in a scene at a function where lots of buffet style food is being
served. Dianna enthusiastically refers to them as "sausage rolls" however
in the UK sausage rolls are always made with fresh sausagemeat as
opposed to these American favourites which are made with Frankfurters.
Franks in Blankets Recipe
8 Frankfurters (Hot Dog Sausages)
300g/11oz Puff Pastry
1 tbsp Mustard
1 Egg, beaten