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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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 »

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Comedy | Family

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Adorable criatura  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,470,900 (USA)
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Trivia

When Ben steals Roy's Wagoneer, he intentionally drives over some flowers in a neighboring yard. This is due to deleted footage that involved a subplot of the woman who owned that house getting fed up with the Healy cat going to the bathroom in the flower bed. Although every other trace of this subplot is removed from the movie, this scene was left in (the deleted footage appears on edited TV versions of the movie, but isn't on the DVD). See more »

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At the circus toward the end of the movie, when Junior gets flipped on the trapeze, Junior's "adult sized" stunt double is very obvious. See more »

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Mr. Peabody: A priest, it's like a nun with a jacket.
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Features Boys Town (1938) See more »

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IT'S MY PARTY
Written by Herbert Weiner, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.) and Wally Gold
Performed by Lesley Gore (as Leslie Gore)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects,
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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This Is Funny
12 September 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of comedies but any movie that starts with a scene of school children writing to their penpals with the following dialogue :

" Dear Queen Elizabeth . How is England ? "

" Dear Bishop Tutu . How are you ? "

" Dear bow tie serial killer . I have all your newspaper articles "

has something going for it , and the best thing about PROBLEM CHILD is the amount of very bad taste comedy . It's almost like a Farrelly Brothers comedy ( THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY , KINGPIN etc ) in both feel and execution . Okay so it's a goofy movie , okay some of the acting is poor , and okay you can see some of the jokes coming a mile away ( Oh a bear costume . I bet a real bear will turn up within the next five minutes ) but I watched it on TV one wet Sunday afternoon and had a few laughs

I can't help thinking that the poor response from many forum members might be down to the fact that this was marketed as a " family comedy " . I can just imagine many parents renting this from the video store , taking it home and watching it with their cherubs only to find it features attacks on religion and family pets . I reckon Joe Stalin would have enjoyed this movie as much as I did


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