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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Release Date:

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

Big Ben mentions the "Hirohito Corporaton" as the company he is selling his store to. Interestingly, the closing credits have numerous listings for Hirohito Family characters, which implies that at one point, they may have been intended to play a larger role in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Ben crashes his car into the planter on the lawn, there is no major damage to the car. In the very next shot, steam is rising from the engine as if it had taken damage. See more »

Quotes

Big Ben Healy: [seeing Junior for the first time] Oh, my God! It's the devil!
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Connections

Referenced in Sandy Wexler (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

BORN TO BE WILD
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Another Childhood Favorite!!!
11 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Ever since I saw this on TV when I was little, I've loved this movie! I love the the plot and direction of this movie and thought everyone was cast perfectly. Junior is a mean-spirited kid that nobody wants. When Ben and Florence Healy consider adopting a kid, Mr. Peabody persuades them to take Junior. Soon after, havoc ensues. My favorite scene is at the birthday party when he throws presents in the pool, puts exploding candles on the cake, and puts pickles in the piñata. Everybody in Ben Healy's life starts hating Junior, but Ben doesn't want to give up, until Junior drives the family car into Ben's dad's store. When a psychopathic killer escapes, he kidnaps Junior and Florence, but at first, Ben doesn't care, until he finds out that the entire time, Junior liked him. Ben saves Junior and tries to stop the bad guy! I highly recommend PROBLEM CHILD!!!


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