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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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

When Junior picks up the cat and it starts to hiss you can see that the cat's mouth isn't moving. See more »

Quotes

Big Ben Healy: I'm selling my store to the Japs.
Little Ben Healy: I, I, I, but.
Big Ben Healy: I, I, I, but what? You thought I was going to leave it to you one day?
Little Ben Healy: Yeah.
Big Ben Healy: Well I'm not. I'm selling to the Hirohito Corporation.
Little Ben Healy: Well I still get the land don't I?
Big Ben Healy: No you're not. I'm selling that too. Everything from here to the river.
Little Ben Healy: What? Dad, I can't believe this. I slaved to you for 10 years without a raise or a promotion.
Big Ben Healy: Is there a lesson to be learned from all this? How about don't trust anyone?
Little Ben Healy: Not even your own father?
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Connections

Followed by Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

BORN TO BE WILD
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
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This film has its problems but personally I don't think it is that bad
22 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was expecting to really hate this film, but after seeing it, it wasn't that bad. Yes it was mediocre and crude at times, but absolutely awful, no. There are much worse movies out there, and I will probably be here all night listing them and why they are so bad. I'll drop a few hints, Friedberg-Seltzer movies, Home Alone 4, Cat in the Hat, NeverEnding Story 3 and Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2 ring a bell? Anyway, the script does have its weak spots, the ending could have been better, Michael Oliver as the truly dysfunctional kid is thoroughly obnoxious at times and the plot is a touch simplistic. That said, it has its good moments, the gags are crude but some of them are amusing, John Ritter is charming in the title role and Gilbert Gottfried is hilarious. The soundtrack ain't half bad either, Amy Yasbeck is effective at playing her character like a total snob,Jack Warden is great and the film is nice to look at. Overall, could have been better but it could have been a hell of a lot worse as well. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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