Problem Child 2 (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  3 July 1991 (USA)
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Junior's back in his first adventure since his last! Junior and Ben move to Mortville which seems like the perfect town to live in. The Healys have a nice new house--and Junior get's a cool... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aron Burger
Debbie Claukinski
Mr. Thorn
Martha Quinn ...
Krystle Mataras ...
Dolly (as Krystal Mataras)


Junior's back in his first adventure since his last! Junior and Ben move to Mortville which seems like the perfect town to live in. The Healys have a nice new house--and Junior get's a cool new room! And young women have formed a line at Ben's door in order to get a piece of him (romantically). Ben does feel he should get remarried so Junior can have a mom, so while Junior adjusts to his new school which includes a little girl who's as bratty as Junior and a teenage brain-dead ignoramous bully in Junior's sixth grade class, Ben finds some dates, which Junior sends running for the hills, in the meantime Junior pulls his infamous tricks on people: blowing up barbecues, taping the bully to the chalkboard, videotaping his babysitter and her boyfriend having sex and broadcasting it for the whole neighborhood to see, same old same old. Meanwhile, Ben meets the gorgeous school nurse (after the school's satellite dish get's pushed on his head) and they, well he, believes it's love at first ... Written by Dylan Self <>

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3 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura 2  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$25,104,700 (USA)

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The film contains a number of subtle references to the "Back to the Future" film series, which was also produced by Universal. In the first classroom scene, Mr. Thorn is writing rules on the blackboard, and at the bottom it says, "No Slackers." Mr. Thorn is played by James Tolkan, who played Mr. Strickland in the "Back to the Future" series, and was fond of calling both Marty and his father slackers. One of the other rules is "No Tardies". Strickland gave Marty his fourth tardy slip in a row in his first appearance in the first film. One of the large stone cats that adorned the Hill Valley clock tower is quite visible when Ben follows Annie out of the auditorium. Also, some then-commercially available toy miniatures of the De Lorean, and the 2015 police car and taxi cab can be seen in Junior's roach motel. See more »


When Trixie and Jr. are fighting with the fire hose, Trixie's hair style changes between shots. First it's curly, then crimped and tied and tied back. See more »


Trixie: You're gonna wish you'd never been born.
Junior: Ooh! I'm really scared. I'm being threatened by the Tidy Bowl girl!
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Follows Problem Child (1990) See more »


Bad to the Bone
Written and Performed by George Thorogood
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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If the movie doesn't make you sick, junior's voice will
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seriously! You've just got to see this movie to understand everything that is wrong with it. It came out during the time period where everybody was trying to make family movies that everyone could enjoy (The little rascals; Mr. Nanny, etc.) yet it lacked any charisma or enthusiasm. Every single character in the movie is driven by rage, with the exception of Trixie's mother, who shows only aggravation and weariness, possibly at the tired cliché's this movie enjoys.

To put it simply, the biggest flaw in the film was not the acting, nor the filming, but most notably the writing. The lines we receive are reminiscent of Disney classics, although this film lacks the whole-heartedness IL' Walt managed to pull off. Junior's Dad, (John Ritter) makes you mad without even doing anything, simply because he allows Junior to run around unsupervised, and only gives him a stern warning when he tapes a 200-pound behemoth to a chalk board.

Also, Junior's grandfather is particularly excruciating. For those of you who saw the first one, found it nauseating, and thus, did not see the second one, "Big Ben Healy" as he is referred to in this movie, is still a total douche. He basically barges into John Ritter's house uninvited, settles himself in Junior's room, even though he says that he hates Junior, and basically does nothing to accelerate the film's speed, or to support the film in any way. Rather, he ticks off the audience by being a lazy free loader.

Finally, we are introduced to a wide variety of new characters, such as the smug, obnoxious, Trixie, who carries dynamite in her backpack, which she first lights, then hands, to Junior, who simply stares wide eyed at. Also, Gilbert Gottfried returns in this film, this time playing the obnoxious principal at Junior's new elementary school. If Gilbert Gottfried ain't enough to get the point across, I will put it simply: This film reeks!

2/10 stars, because the actor's convictions shine through the film, even though the script sucks.

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