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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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Charlotte Akin ...
Anna Marie Allred ...
Kid #3
Adam Anderly ...
Robert A. Anderson ...
Cody Beard ...
Jordan Burton ...
Kid #1
Eli Cummins ...
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Family

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Adorable criatura  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,470,900 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Junior's dad is about to spank him in his room, the position of the globe on his bed changes. See more »

Quotes

Junior: [luring a bear to the campsite] I bet you've never been camping before. It's so much fun! There's singing, marshmallows, and all sorts of stupid humans to scare!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Yongary (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S MY PARTY
Written by Wally Gold, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.), Herbert Weiner and Seymour Gottlieb (uncredited)
Performed by Lesley Gore (as Leslie Gore)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects,
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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This Is Funny
12 September 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of comedies but any movie that starts with a scene of school children writing to their penpals with the following dialogue :

" Dear Queen Elizabeth . How is England ? "

" Dear Bishop Tutu . How are you ? "

" Dear bow tie serial killer . I have all your newspaper articles "

has something going for it , and the best thing about PROBLEM CHILD is the amount of very bad taste comedy . It's almost like a Farrelly Brothers comedy ( THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY , KINGPIN etc ) in both feel and execution . Okay so it's a goofy movie , okay some of the acting is poor , and okay you can see some of the jokes coming a mile away ( Oh a bear costume . I bet a real bear will turn up within the next five minutes ) but I watched it on TV one wet Sunday afternoon and had a few laughs

I can't help thinking that the poor response from many forum members might be down to the fact that this was marketed as a " family comedy " . I can just imagine many parents renting this from the video store , taking it home and watching it with their cherubs only to find it features attacks on religion and family pets . I reckon Joe Stalin would have enjoyed this movie as much as I did


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