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Problem Child (1990)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  27 July 1990 (USA)
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A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits.

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Flo
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Roy
Charlotte Akin ...
Lorraine
Anna Marie Allred ...
Kid #3
Adam Anderly ...
Catcher
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Boy in Chair
Cody Beard ...
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Jordan Burton ...
Kid #1
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Storyline

A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <glenn@g-world.com>

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Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Problem Child  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,470,900 (USA)
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Trivia

The poster for the movie was a spoof of the poster for Parenthood (1989). Imagine Entertainment produced both films and Dennis Dugan, who directed Problem Child, acted in both films. See more »

Goofs

When a piece of meat falls on Mother Superior, it falls on her nose and sticks to it. However, in the next shot, when she removes the piece, her forehead and her gown under her neck are also spotted. Then she takes Junior out of the canteen and her gown is clean, and in the next shot, it is dirty again. See more »

Quotes

[imitating Mr. Peabody]
Junior: Maybe if I shrug my shoulders and move around my hands like this, maybe people will think I know what I'm talking about.
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Spoofs The Shining (1980) See more »

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BAD TO THE BONE
Written and Performed by George Thorogood
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Really refreshing!
7 May 2003 | by (Dortmund, Germany) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film - which was truly different.

To be honest, I'm absolutely fed up with portrays of children (especially in commercials and family movies). Children are always portrayed as so cuuuuuuute and nice

  • actually,
I'm worried about getting tooth decay because of the sweetness involved.

Problem Child is just different - the child is a complete evil brat which causes havoc during the whole movie.

Basically, the film concentrates on showing the evil side of children - and yes, people, there is a cruelty in children. Do you remember your own childhood? The bully who loved to harass weaker children? How about children treat outsiders, like fat/ugly peers? What about kids torturing animals like flies or frogs?

Sure - this comedy is far of and unrealistic, but so are cuuuuuuute and sweet family movies.

So - I quite like the movie, it's a black comedy which is a nice counterpoint to sweet & cute comedies like Home Alone.

7 / 10


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