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Problem Child (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.
... Benjamin 'Big Ben' Healy, Sr.
... Junior
... Mr. Peabody
... Flo Healy
... Martin Beck
... Roy
Charlotte Akin ... Lorraine
Anna Marie Allred ... Kid #3
Adam Anderly ... Catcher
Robert A. Anderson ... Boy in Chair
Cody Beard ... 2nd Baseman
Jordan Burton ... Kid #1
Eli Cummins ... Umpire
... Paramedic
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Storyline

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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He's So Bad, Even The Nuns Refused To Keep Him! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,470,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,270,900
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film Ben reads several self-help books on parenting and each book features a photo of the author on the back cover. The author photos are John Ritter in various costumes. This was mirrored in Problem Child 2 (1991) when Lawanda Dumore's photos of previous husbands are all John Ritter in costumes. See more »

Goofs

When Junior drives the family car into the glass at Big Ben's, just before he gets to the glass, a pickup truck backs out in front of the Healy family car. It conveniently disappears and is forgotten mere seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Little Ben Healy: Dad, we adopted.
Big Ben Healy: Are you insane?
Little Ben Healy: I thought you'd be happy.
Big Ben Healy: Happy? You don't know what you're letting yourself in for. For all you know, his parents may have met in the looney bin. They might even be democrats!
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Connections

Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.24 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S MY PARTY
Written by Wally Gold, John Gluck (as John Gluck Jr.), Herbert Weiner and Seymour Gottlieb (uncredited)
Performed by Lesley Gore (as Leslie Gore)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects,
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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This film has its problems but personally I don't think it is that bad
22 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting to really hate this film, but after seeing it, it wasn't that bad. Yes it was mediocre and crude at times, but absolutely awful, no. There are much worse movies out there, and I will probably be here all night listing them and why they are so bad. I'll drop a few hints, Friedberg-Seltzer movies, Home Alone 4, Cat in the Hat, NeverEnding Story 3 and Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2 ring a bell? Anyway, the script does have its weak spots, the ending could have been better, Michael Oliver as the truly dysfunctional kid is thoroughly obnoxious at times and the plot is a touch simplistic. That said, it has its good moments, the gags are crude but some of them are amusing, John Ritter is charming in the title role and Gilbert Gottfried is hilarious. The soundtrack ain't half bad either, Amy Yasbeck is effective at playing her character like a total snob,Jack Warden is great and the film is nice to look at. Overall, could have been better but it could have been a hell of a lot worse as well. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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