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Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
North's Dad
North's Mom
Piano Player
Donavon Dietz ...
Assistant Coach
Michael Cipriani ...
Joran Corneal ...
Joshua Kaplan ...


Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus north starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him. Written by Peter Huiskes <>

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North's hopping mad with his parents, and now he's off on a world wide adventure! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a few words | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det perfekte barn  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$7,138,449 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The members of the Nelson family, Ward, Donna, Bud and Laura, are named after characters from classic family television shows. Ward named after Ward Cleaver from Leave It to Beaver (1957), Donna named after Donna Stone from The Donna Reed Show (1958), Bud named after Bud Anderson from Father Knows Best (1954), and Laura named after Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (1974). Plus the last name of Nelson is named after Ozzie and Harriet Nelson from The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952). See more »


When North is being chased through a New York airport, he passes a neon eagle on the wall. This eagle is in the Los Angeles airport. See more »


Federal Express Truck Driver: If you absolutely, positively have to get home by tomorrow morning, you've come to the right truck.
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Crazy Credits

Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »


References The Donna Reed Show (1958) See more »


From Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Performed by Elijah Wood
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Starts out terrible, and somehow goes south from there
1 November 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, The Story of Us... and I hear that This Is Spinal Tap is utterly hilarious... so what happened, Reiner? I guess everyone is entitled to make at least one mistake. Even if this particular one is really tough to forgive. If he hadn't proved himself so thoroughly after this, I'm not sure one could disassociate him from this. I haven't read the novel. Can it be as awful as this? I sure hope not. This is painfully stupid, unbelievably offensive and never actually funny. The jokes are disturbing, sick, weird and/or poor, and often based on ridiculous stereotypes that serve no other purpose than to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the two guys who wrote the script for this, Alan Zweibel and Andrew Scheinman, have not been out of their own country in their entire lives. This wastes so much acting and comedic talent that you have to wonder if there was some sort of bet involved, to see if they could actually get all of these skilled people and have them recite horrible material, and see if anyone would outright quit. I'm not sure I'd say that Elijah was one of them at this point, but then again, all the child performers in this are annoying. There is brief moderately strong language in this. The DVD has a trailer and about about ten minutes worth of interviews with the director and cast. I recommend... well, not this, not for anyone. If you do find yourself watching at least a little of this, I urge you to treat yourself to the Nostalgia Critic's video review of it. 1/10

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