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Problem Child (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  27 July 1990 (USA)
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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 ...
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Kid #3
Adam Anderly ...
Robert A. Anderson ...
Boy in Chair
Cody Beard ...
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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. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <>

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


Comedy | Family


PG | See all certifications »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Dennis Dugan's directorial debut. See more »


When Ben is standing on the bridge watching the truck drive away with his wife in the back, he has the rifle in his hand. Ben and Junior turn around to walk back to the car and the rifle disappears. It seems unlikely he would have left it laying on the bridge. See more »


Martin Beck: I drove over a thousand miles, to hang out with a seven year old.
Junior: I'm going to be eight in two weeks.
Martin Beck: Don't count on it.
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Followed by Problem Child (1993) See more »


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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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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