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Problem Child (1990)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Akin ...
Anna Marie Allred ...
Kid #3
Adam Anderly ...
Robert A. Anderson ...
Cody Beard ...
Jordan Burton ...
Kid #1
Eli Cummins ...


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


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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$53,470,900 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colby Kline, who plays Lucy, is the daughter of Richard Kline, who provided additional voice for this film and co-starred with John Ritter in Three's Company (1977). See more »


When Ben crashes his car into the planter on the lawn, there is no major damage to the car. In the very next shot, steam is rising from the engine as if it had taken damage. See more »


Junior: Why does this guy love me? Why does any parent love any kid? Maybe it's one of those answers we'll never know, like how high is up? Why is the sky blue? And whatever happened to Mrs. Healy?
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Spoofs The Shining (1980) See more »


Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
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there is nothing wrong with this movie
10 April 2002 | by (new orleans) – See all my reviews

many people complain that junior gets away with everything and it is not right. if these kinds of things were going on by a real kid in real life, then there would be a problem. i have only four words for those of you who claim it should not be watched due to the example it sets for children. IT IS A MOVIE, not to mention a COMEDY, which are usually not to be taken seriously. if every movie that set a bad example for children was pulled off the shelves, we would have lost many incredible movies. i saw this movie when i was a child, and no i did not go try to do any of the things that junior did. although i was a child, i knew there would be serious consequences for acting as junior did. this is a very entertaining movie which i enjoyed very much. for those of you who who trash talk this movie because "it could be a bad example for children" you might want to get in touch with reality because there is nothing wrong with this movie.

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