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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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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 »

Genres:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An ad campaign for this film included "reviews" from a number of famous movie villains:

"Four-star fun for the whole gang!" - Al Capone

"Two thumbs up!" - Captain Hook

"10 out of 10! Junior had me in stitches!" - Frankenstein

"This kid gives ME nightmares!" - Freddy Krueger

"Junior is a real cut-up!" - Leatherface

"I wish he were MY son!" - Darth Vader See more »

Goofs

During the "I wonder if he's got change for a 20" scene, Junior has far more money in his drawer than he took from Big Ben's wallet. See more »

Quotes

Clown: Look, a giraffe!
Martin Beck: Look, a fist!
[Punches him]
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Connections

Spoofs The Exorcist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

BAD TO THE BONE
Written and Performed by George Thorogood
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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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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