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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 ... Ben
Jack Warden ... Big Ben
Michael Oliver ... Junior
Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody
Amy Yasbeck ... Flo
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}

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Taglines:

Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

After the disastrous baseball game, Ben takes Jr to church, jus before the family appears, the camera is focused on a window in the church; the design on the window is of Robin Williams. See more »

Goofs

When Junior sends Martin a letter in prison saying he's getting out of the orphanage, he didn't know at the time that he was getting adopted by the Healys and Martin had escaped from prison the day Junior went home with the Healys. So how could Martin have known where the Healys were living and that Junior was staying there? See more »

Quotes

Junior: You ever seen a grown man wear so much blue?
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Alternate Versions

When originally shown on network television, deleted scenes were added to pad out the running time and for content. The following is a list of said scenes. 1. When Ben and Flo get ready to go to church, their mean neighbor Mrs.Perkins tells them that their cat defecated in her tulips and orders Ben to clean it up. Though he objects to it, Flo reminds him that she doesn't want to be excluded from the social parties Mrs. Perkins throws. 2. Once at church, Ben confesses to the priest in the pulpit that he and Flo want to have a child, so the minister tells him that the St. Brutus Orphanage has an adoption service and has recommended him, but Ben tells him that Flo won't accept anyone else's child, causing the priest to disgustedly end their session. 3. An extended dialogue scene at Mr. Peabody's adoption office has him, Ben and Flo arguing about how their child should look. 4.A scene of Junior talking to the Mother Supirior as he is packing. 5. During Martin Beck's psychological examination (once the doctor has escorted the warden out of the room), he has a flashback about how he thinks.he was blamed for a crime that somebody else did and is shown in his prison cell listening to the chaplain's final words to him, as well as a guard giving Martin a yellow bow tie-shaped cake. He is then shown walking to the electric chair, but manages to force the warden into it. 6. A short dialogue scene has Roy and his family loading up their Jeep for the camping trip with Roy telling Ben to hurry up. 7. Ben goes out to the porch to tell Junior that he is laying down the law for his bad behavior until he notices a picture Junior painted consisting of Ben knocking out Roy with the frying pan. Junior protests that he is only pretending to be his friend and that no one cares about him but himself. Ben then reminds him that he's not alone anymore and that he has got a friend(Ben) to talk to. He then gets his foot caught in the paint-filled cake pan as Junior starts laughing hysterically. 8. A long sequence has Junior terrorizing the milkman and the paperboy with a remote-controlled airplane, with Ben ending up getting the brunt of the abuse. 9. After Ben looks at the picture Junior made for him, Martin calls Ben and tells him he has a half-hour to come up with $100,000 for the ransom, as a way to see Junior and Flo again, followed by Martin telling Junior he's not planning to hurt Ben once he arrives with the money. 10. When Ben races through the circus to deliver the ransom money. A little girl asks Mother Superior, who obviously took the children on a field trip there, if that was the man who adopted Junior. When the nun notices Ben pushing and knocking people out of the way, Mother Superior replies, "Darn,that kid works fast!" 11.A scene where the bearded lady tells Martin he called her his little kumquat. See more »

Connections

References Diver Dan (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Haha, hilarious movie
24 April 1999 | by TyranorkSee all my reviews

Man, some people have no sense of humor. When I saw this movie as a youngin i didn't get it much. Then I saw it again a few years later and I busted a gut. If you don't want your kids to see it, don't let them. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.

Problem Child 2 was pretty funny, but Problem Child 3 (made for TV) really blew. They couldn't even get the rights to "Bad to the Bone."


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Problem Child See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,026,900, 29 July 1990

Gross USA:

$53,470,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,270,891
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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