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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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Ben
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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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Paramedic
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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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boy | serial killer | camping | birthday | nun | See more »

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He's So Bad, Even The Nuns Refused To Keep Him! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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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Throughout the film Ben reads several self-help books on parenting and each book features a photo of the author on the back cover. The author photos are John Ritter in various costumes. This was mirrored in Problem Child 2 (1991) when Lawanda Dumore's photos of previous husbands are all John Ritter in costumes. See more »

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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

Big Ben Healy: [seeing Junior for the first time] Oh, my God! It's the devil!
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IT'S MY PARTY
Written by Herbert Weiner, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.) and Wally Gold
Performed by Lesley Gore (as Leslie Gore)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects,
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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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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