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


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


Comedy | Family


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was a bit in the "It's My Party" montage, where Lucy is getting sawed in half by the clown. Junior replaces the fake saw with the real saw, which ends up cutting off Lucy's dress, revealing her underwear. This was soon cut, as it sparked worries about being too risqué. See more »


When the Bow Tie Killer escapes from the convenience store/gas station, he doesn't take the Smiley Pies box with him. Yet it's there in his car in the scenes when Junior rides with him. See more »


Junior: [being hauled to St. Brutus after bulldozing his parents house] I was just kidding! Oh no! Not the nuns! Not the nuns!
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Spoofs The Exorcist (1973) See more »


(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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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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