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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.

Director:

Dennis Dugan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Benjamin 'Ben' Healy, Jr.
Jack Warden ... Benjamin 'Big Ben' Healy, Sr.
Michael Oliver ... Junior
Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody
Amy Yasbeck ... Flo Healy
Michael Richards ... Martin Beck
Peter Jurasik ... Roy
Charlotte Akin Charlotte Akin ... Lorraine
Anna Marie Allred Anna Marie Allred ... Kid #3
Adam Anderly Adam Anderly ... Catcher
Robert A. Anderson Robert A. Anderson ... Boy in Chair
Cody Beard Cody Beard ... 2nd Baseman
Jordan Burton Jordan Burton ... Kid #1
Eli Cummins Eli Cummins ... Umpire
John S. Davies ... 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura See more »

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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

An ad campaign for this film included "reviews" from a number of famous movie villains:

"Four-star fun for the whole gang!" - Al Capone

"Two thumbs up!" - Captain Hook

"10 out of 10! Junior had me in stitches!" - Frankenstein

"This kid gives ME nightmares!" - Freddy Krueger

"Junior is a real cut-up!" - Leatherface

"I wish he were MY son!" - Darth Vader

"Don't have a cow! Just see this movie, dude!" --Bart Simpson See more »

Goofs

All throughout the movie, Junior has all his baby teeth, and longer hair, and then looks a little older with shorter hair and a large top front tooth growing in. This happens within scenes, beginning in the orphanage. See more »

Quotes

Junior: I hope you guys are insured.
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Alternate Versions

The version that airs on the Hub network is based on the USA Network version that has the "bonus footage" added in the movie, but makes several additional edits. Amongst these are: Big Ben's reference to the "Japs" and the "Hirohito Corporation" are removed, and Big Ben's comments to Little Ben about artificial insemination are edited somewhat (though the line about taking his sperm to someone who knows what to do with it is still intact). 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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User Reviews

so stupid that its funny
14 September 2003 | by mufflephalenSee all my reviews

Sure it was fun at nine years old to see this in the theater. Having an ugly little red headed kid as the problem child was inspired. Cinematically the movie is a mess as time has not been kind to it. The late John Ritter's reactions made the movie as did Michael Richards as the bow tie killer. It is totally stupid and provides laughs of ridiculousness but isnt carried over in repeat viewings. The dialogue was pretty bad as were the situations, but even watching such a mess now gurantees at least a few chuckles. Even the stupid video box makes me laugh. At least theres a pretty good support of Amy Yasbeck, Gilbert Gottfried and Jack Warden: i hope you guys are insured:


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