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Problem Child 2 -- John Ritter returns as Ben Healy, father to "problem child" Junior. Now-divorced Ben has a new lady (Laraine Newman) in his life...and her plans for their future include boarding school.
Problem Child 2 -- US Home Video Trailer from Universal Studios Home Video


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Writers (WGA):
Scott Alexander (characters) &
Larry Karaszewski (characters) ...
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Release Date:
3 July 1991 (USA) See more »
This summer, Junior has a brand new friend. See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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If the movie doesn't make you sick, junior's voice will See more (79 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Ritter ... Ben Healy

Michael Oliver ... Junior Healy

Jack Warden ... 'Big' Ben Healy

Laraine Newman ... Lawanda Dumore

Amy Yasbeck ... Annie Young

Ivyann Schwan ... Trixie Young

Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody

Paul Willson ... Smith

Alan Blumenfeld ... Aron Burger

Charlene Tilton ... Debbie Claukinski

James Tolkan ... Mr. Thorn
Martha Quinn ... Emily

Zach Grenier ... Voytek

Eric Edwards ... Murph
Krystle Mataras ... Dolly (as Krystal Mataras)
Tiffany Mataras ... Madison

Dennis Redfield ... Animal Control Guy
Bill Warren ... Animal Control Guy
Kristina Simonds ... Rhoda
Aaron Vaughn ... Scuzzy Boyfriend
Denise Lecce ... Bridal Shower Lady

Nancy Duerr ... Bridal Shower Lady

Tom Nowicki ... Health Official

Ric Reitz ... Health Official
Bill Cordell ... Lab Technician
Hillary Matthews ... Upset Wife

Robert Small ... Pathetic Defiant Man (as Bob Small)

Danny Gura ... Freckled Boy on Ride
Carla Kneeland ... Peabody's Date
Tabetha Thomas ... Polly

Paul Sutera ... Richard
Buddy Stoccardo ... Crazy Dance D.J.

Jillian Amburgey ... 'Hubba Hubba' Lady
Adam Brock ... Neighbor Boy
Christopher Oyen ... Goofy Waiter
Danny Hanemann ... Scummy Ride Operator (as Danny Haneman)

Brett Rice ... Maitre D'
Shaun Padgett ... Mother

Aimee Deshayes ... Precious Young Girl
Tammy Boalo ... 6th Grade Mother
Danielle Meierhenry ... 6th Grade Student

Elaine Klimaszewski ... Hot Tub Girl

Diane Klimaszewski ... Hot Tub Girl

June Foray ... Puppet (voice)
Carol French ... Horse Rider
Carrell Myers ... Parent
Angie McKnight ... Parent (as Angie Harper)
Katie Prestwood ... Parent
Laura O'Connell ... Girl with Bikini Top

Tim Powell ... Guy with Toupee
Barclay ... Nippy
Bob Smith ... Father Flanagan (as 'Buffalo' Bob Smith)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Crystal Hunt ... (uncredited)

Tim Rerucha ... Waiter (uncredited)
L.A. Rothman ... Junior's Classmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Levant 
Writing credits
Scott Alexander (characters) &
Larry Karaszewski (characters)

Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)

Produced by
Kim Kurumada .... associate producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Original Music by
David Kitay 
Cinematography by
Peter Smokler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lois Freeman-Fox 
Robert P. Seppey 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
Production Design by
Maria Caso 
Art Direction by
John Marshall 
Allen Terry 
Set Decoration by
Damon Medlen 
Costume Design by
Robert M. Moore  (as Robert Moore)
Makeup Department
Selena Evans-Miller .... makeup department head
Selena Evans-Miller .... supervising makeup artist (as Selena Miller)
Mary Ann Valdes .... supervising hair stylist
Lynda Kyle Walker .... hair stylist
Mark Wittenberg .... makeup artist
Production Management
Francine Fleishman .... post-production supervisor
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Bock .... first assistant director
Christian P. Della Penna .... second second assistant director (as Chris Dellapena)
Polly Ann Mattson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Steve Alexander .... construction coordinator
Rance Barela .... builder: "Love Rock" (as Rance Barella)
Mark Bradley .... model builder (as Mark R. Bradley)
Bruce Bullock .... property master
Cindy Coburn .... buyer
Stitch Crisp .... lead man
Forrest Gillespie Jr. .... stand-by painter
Johnny Graham .... swing gang (as John H. Graham)
Wendell J. Joyce .... labor foreman (as Wendell Joyce)
Michelle Milosh .... assistant set decorator
Amy Parsons .... lead painter
Roger Ragland .... construction foreman
Paul Roberts .... draftsman
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... on-set dresser (as Jeffrey Taylor)
Montgomery Triz .... artist
Montgomery Triz .... sculptor
Sound Department
Thomas E. Allen .... production sound mixer
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Patrick Bietz .... sound editor (as Pat Bietz)
Alan Bromberg .... sound editor
C.T.W. .... sound editor
Michael C. Casper .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
Dick Le Grand .... foley artist (as Richard LeGrand)
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as Bill Manger)
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Al McGuire .... utility sound
Lettie Odney .... adr editor
Richard Oswald .... sound editor (as Dick Oswald)
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor (as John M. Stacy)
Dan Thomas .... sound editor
Jim Van Winkle .... utility sound
Ricardo Álvarez .... boom operator (as Ricky Alvarez)
Special Effects by
Richard Lee Jones .... special effects coordinator
Bruce E. Merlin .... special effects
Jeffrey Ritz .... special effects
Richard Scioli .... special effects
Christine Onesky .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Mickey Cassidy .... stunts
Zane Cassidy .... stunts
Caron Colvett .... stunts
Randy Fife .... stunt coordinator (as Randy 'Fife')
Randy Fife .... stunts (as Randy 'Fife')
Janelle Gattis .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunts
Cindy Malesci .... stunts (as Syn Malesci)
Kathy Marshall .... stunts
Phil Ortiz .... utility stunts
Swede Rundqvist .... stunts
Gar Stephen .... stunts
Marsha Tsamis .... stunts
Michael Sinclair Walter .... stunts (as Michael Walter)
Pam West .... stunts
Amy Stephen Wilder .... stunts (as Amy Wilder)
Bobby Woodward .... stunts
Ray Workman .... stunts
John Zimmerman .... stunts
Jeffrey Dal Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeffrey Dal Robinson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Barbour .... rigging grip best boy
Ben Bardin .... grip
Sean Conklin .... electrician
Herbert Davis .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Herb Davis)
Robert Destolfe .... still photographer (as Robert de Stolfe)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician
Richard Falk Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Chris Fisher .... film loader (as Christopher Fisher)
Matthew Fleck .... rigging grip
George Fuller .... video playback operator
Luke Halpin .... grip
Ed Knott Jr. .... key grip
Kevin Knott .... best boy grip (as Kevin T. Knott)
David M. Lang .... first assistant camera
Joe Mast .... dolly grip (as Joseph Mast Jr.)
Patrick K. Meng .... rigging best boy gaffer (as Patrick Meng)
Frank Miller .... camera operator
Casey Osborne .... rigging key grip
Peter Perez .... grip (as Peter E. Perez)
Robert Reedy Jr. .... lamp operator (as Robert S. Reedy Jr.)
Bob Scott .... second assistant camera (as Bob M. Scott)
Craig Tonkin .... rigging grip
Tim Tonkin .... rigging grip
Gary Ware .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Laurie Bass .... casting assistant: Florida
Tina M. Boergesson .... extras casting
Janis Creswell .... casting assistant: Florida
Melvin Johnson .... casting: Florida
Mary K. Krausmann .... extras casting assistant (as Mary Krausmann)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costume supervisor (as Lola Bullion-Chambers)
Carolyn Dessert .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Arthur Borman .... post-production assistant
Sandy Brundage .... negative cutter
Gael Chandler .... additional editor
Mallory Gottlieb .... additional editor
Sharon Smith Holley .... assistant editor: film
Patricia Kudish .... assistant editor (as Patty Kudish)
Patricia Lee .... assistant editor (as Patricia E. Lee)
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Frederick Wardell .... first assistant editor (as Fred M. Wardell)
Elliot Wood .... assistant editor (as Eliot Wood)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tim Boyle .... music mixer
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor
Andrew R. Powell .... orchestrator (as Andrew Powell)
Reg Powell .... orchestrator
Curtis Roush .... music supervisor
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Mark Waters .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Willie C. Battles Jr. .... transportation captain: Florida
Kevin Craig .... driver
Larry Craig .... driver
D.J. Gardiner .... driver (as D.J. Gardner)
Lee Garibaldi .... transportation captain
Kent L. Spainhour .... driver (as Kent T. L. Spainhour)
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
Doug Wilson .... driver (as Robert D. Wilson)
Doug Wilson .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Karolyn Austen .... script supervisor
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Paula Benson-Himes .... production coordinator (as Paula Benson Himes)
Terry Dunn .... assistant accountant
Mark Forbes .... animal trainer
Susan Fronsoe .... set production assistant
Robert Ghost .... production assistant
Peter Haas .... unit publicist
Alan Levi .... location assistant
Janet Lonsdale .... assistant accountant
Angela Lussier .... assistant: Robert Simonds
Cathy Morrison-Partridge .... animal trainer (as Cathy Morrison)
Liz Newman .... assistant production coordinator (as Elizabeth Newman)
Chad O'Connor .... assistant: John Ritter
Marshall Peck .... location manager
Marten W. Piccinini .... set production assistant (as Marten Piccinini)
Tom Prince .... senior production executive
Dennis Redfield .... dialogue coach
Lloyd Thomas .... chef (as Lloyd E. Thomas)
Marilyn J. Tillman .... craft service (as Marilyn Tillman)
Vivian Welch .... first aid
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Michael Baumgarten .... set production assistant (uncredited)

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USA:90 min | USA:93 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:7 | UK:PG (cut) (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The license plate on Ben's car reads "JRS DAD" meaning "Junior's dad."See more »
Continuity: On Junior's first day of school he walks into school empty-handed but from the hallway on he has a bagged lunch.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!
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Back to the Future (1985)See more »
Get ReadySee more »


What does Gilbert Godfrey mean, in his office, when he tells Junior he belongs "in cold river?" What is "cold river" and what does it mean to be there?
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
If the movie doesn't make you sick, junior's voice will, 3 August 2005
Author: lmntathffan from United States

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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