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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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Cast

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Roy
Charlotte Akin ...
Lorraine
Anna Marie Allred ...
Kid #3
Adam Anderly ...
Catcher
Robert A. Anderson ...
Boy in Chair
Cody Beard ...
2nd Baseman
Jordan Burton ...
Kid #1
Eli Cummins ...
Umpire
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Paramedic
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,470,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,270,900
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chevy Chase, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis were all considered for the role of Little Ben Healy. But Chase turned it down due to him shooting National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd were too busy doing Ghostbusters II (1989). Dreyfuss and Russell wanted too much money and Russell was busy doing Tango & Cash (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Junior sends Martin a letter in prison saying he's getting out of the orphanage, he didn't know at the time that he was getting adopted by the Healys and Martin had escaped from prison the day Junior went home with the Healys. So how could Martin have known where the Healys were living and that Junior was staying there? See more »

Quotes

Mr. Peabody: A priest, it's like a nun with a jacket.
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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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there is nothing wrong with this movie
10 April 2002 | by 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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