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Problem Child (1990)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Warden agreed to be in the film after Dennis Dugan offered him half his net profits (a percentage negotiated beforehand of the net profit to a movie). Warden was so touched by the gesture that he agreed to take the role, but refused to take any of Dugan's potential earnings. See more »

Goofs

At the circus toward the end of the movie, when Junior gets flipped on the trapeze, Junior's "adult sized" stunt double is very obvious. See more »

Quotes

Junior: [TV Version] I told him to back off, Mr. Healy!
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Connections

Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Off Camera (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

BORN TO BE WILD
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Funny...even if you don't want to admit it.
15 October 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

This movie is undeniably tasteless, and toward the end it runs out of steam (one car chase too many). BUT...it's often funny, and that has always been the essential mission of a comedy. By the way, this is NOT primarily a kids' film; kids may get a few laughs out of it, but the more subversive asides ("Maybe if you keep moving your hands like that people will think you actually know what you're talking about") are really intended more for adults. (**)


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