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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 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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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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Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once. 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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$53,470,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,270,900
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Dennis Dugan had never directed a feature film before, so he decided to make his pitch to Universal executives a memorable one. He stood on the studio president's coffee table and passionately proclaimed, "You're looking at me like I'm f*cking nuts, and this is what we want. We want this kind of chaos." Three hours later, Dugan learned he had the job. See more »

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When Junior's dad is about to spank him in his room, the position of the globe on his bed changes. See more »

Quotes

Junior: [TV Version] I told him to back off, Mr. Healy!
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Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Whirlwind (2012) See more »

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REAL WILD CHILD
Written by Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan and Dave Owen (as Dave Owens)
Performed by Iggy Pop
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Brainless, Unpleasant Characters, but also Very Funny
11 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The seven-year-old orphan Junior (Michael Oliver) has been rejected thirty times by his foster parents since he was a baby because he is wicked. He worships the criminal Martin Beck (Michael Richards) and wears a a bow tie just like his idol. Ben (John Ritter) is a good affectionate man that dreams on being a father. However his flashy wife Flo (Amy Yasbeck) is infertile and he convinces her to adopt a child. The couple is lured by Mr. Peabody (Gilbert Gottfried) that manages an orphanage and they adopt the little devil Junior. When Ben's father Big Ben (Jack Warden) meets the boy, he immediately tells that Junior is evil. Soon Ben learns that his father is correct; will he call off the adoption?

"Problem Child" is a brainless film with unpleasant characters. Ben and the psychologist are dorks; Junior and Martin Beck are mean; Big Ben is selfish and Flo is ambitious and unfaithful. The situations are politically incorrect bu also very funny. If the viewer shutdown his or her brain, he or she will find a hilarious movie and laugh a lot. The best scene is the interview of the psychologist with the psychopath criminal. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Pestinha" ("The Little Devil")


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