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Problem Child (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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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The story of a seven-year-old mischievous orphan boy named Junior. He is hardly a model child; mean-spirited and incorrigible. One day, he is adopted by a loving man along with his obnoxious wife named Ben Healy and Flo Healy. Ever since Junior comes into their lives, he turns ordinary days into full-scale comic nightmares! He also leaves a path of serious destruction in his wake, and is even pen pals with Martin Beck (A.K.A. The Bow Tie Killer, a notorious serial killer who kidnaps his faithful correspondent, along with Flo). And now it's up to Ben as he undertakes a rescue mission to get Junior back from Beck before he plans on hurting him. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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

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Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,470,900 (USA)
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Trivia

The only actor to appear in all three films and the short-lived cartoon series was Gilbert Gottfried. Jack Warden appeared in all three films, but not the cartoon. See more »

Goofs

The food on Junior's plate during the lunch scene at the orphanage changes after he leaves the lunch line. The plate has turned 180 degrees, and a pile of greens has been added to it. See more »

Quotes

Junior: Oh my Gosh they''re daffy.
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Connections

Followed by Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

PROBLEM CHILD
(End Title Song)
Written and Produced by Terry Melcher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Single available on RCA Records, Cassettes and CDs
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Funny...even if you don't want to admit it.
15 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is undeniably tasteless, and toward the end it runs out of steam (one car chase too many). BUT...it's often funny, and that has always been the essential mission of a comedy. By the way, this is NOT primarily a kids' film; kids may get a few laughs out of it, but the more subversive asides ("Maybe if you keep moving your hands like that people will think you actually know what you're talking about") are really intended more for adults. (**)


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