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Problem Child 2 (1991)

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Junior's back in his first adventure since his last! Junior and Ben move to Mortville which seems like the perfect town to live in. The Healys have a nice new house--and Junior get's a cool... See full summary »

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Brian Levant

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Ben Healy
Michael Oliver ... Junior Healy
Jack Warden ... 'Big' Ben Healy
Laraine Newman ... Lawanda Dumore
Amy Yasbeck ... Annie Young
Ivyann Schwan ... Trixie Young
Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody
Paul Willson ... Smith
Alan Blumenfeld ... Aron Burger
Charlene Tilton ... Debbie Claukinski
James Tolkan ... Mr. Thorn
Martha Quinn Martha Quinn ... Emily
Zach Grenier ... Voytek
Eric Edwards ... Murph
Krystle Mataras Krystle Mataras ... Dolly (as Krystal Mataras)
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Junior's back in his first adventure since his last! Junior and Ben move to Mortville which seems like the perfect town to live in. The Healys have a nice new house--and Junior get's a cool new room! And young women have formed a line at Ben's door in order to get a piece of him (romantically). Ben does feel he should get remarried so Junior can have a mom, so while Junior adjusts to his new school which includes a little girl who's as bratty as Junior and a teenage brain-dead ignoramous bully in Junior's sixth grade class, Ben finds some dates, which Junior sends running for the hills, in the meantime Junior pulls his infamous tricks on people: blowing up barbecues, taping the bully to the chalkboard, videotaping his babysitter and her boyfriend having sex and broadcasting it for the whole neighborhood to see, same old same old. Meanwhile, Ben meets the gorgeous school nurse (after the school's satellite dish get's pushed on his head) and they, well he, believes it's love at first ... Written by Dylan Self <Robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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He's bad. She's worse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable criatura 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,104,700
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Runtime:

(extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Yasbeck, who played Flo Healy in Problem Child (1990), appears here as Annie Young. See more »

Goofs

On Junior's first day of school he walks into school empty-handed but from the hallway on he has a bagged lunch. See more »

Quotes

Lawanda Dumore: I hate children. They ruin everything. If I had enough power, I'd wipe them off the face of the earth.
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Alternate Versions

When shown on network television additional deleted scenes were added in to pad out time and edit out questionable content. The following is a list of the scenes. 1. When Junior enters the school, he asks Trixie for directions to the principal's office, she secretly puts a "kick me" sign on Junior's back. 2. Ben and Junior are seen in their living room recovering from their concussions. When Ben goes into the kitchen to try to find more ice, he asks Junior what happened to his head and Junior says a girl did it and that women are crazy. Ben tells him not all women are crazy and notices Charlene Tilton's character doing yoga exercises next to a street pole. Ben goes outside to assist,causing Junior to make a vow to save him from the single women in the neighborhood. 3. A dialog scene before Big Ben notices that Dolly and Madison are selling his own clothes has him walking out of the house talking to a client on his cell phone which shortly after, the client angrily hangs up on him. 4. Another dialog scene occurs after LaWanda leaves their house when Big Ben explains that LaWanda is nuts over Ben. Junior tries to explain to his dad that he doesn't trust her but Ben verbally warns him not to talk about it as they made an agreement that Ben would spend more time with Junior as long as he behaves. 5. Additional scenes occur during the school's open house which has Murph pigging out at the refreshment table as well as Ben trying to explain to Annie that he could help her out with any problems that she has but Annie objects and tells Ben he wouldn't be able to. 6. Junior is in Annie's office with a nasty scratch on his arm. After she treats it she gets a call that Trixie stole their neighbor's station wagon and drove it through their house. Annie agrees to talk to her about it over dinner at Pizzarific. When Junior comes home he finds a stunned Ben telling him that LaWanda is in the hospital for rabies, a continuation of a sequence earlier where he switches her blood test with a rabid dog. 7. When Ben finds Junior missing, he gets a call from Annie saying Trixie is missing too. As Ben goes downstairs he trips over a bound-and-gagged Big Ben who is tied-up on the floor. See more »

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(Don't Make Me) Nervous
Written by Christopher Ewen, Anthony Kaczynski, John Rolski, Michael Smith and Perry Tell
Performed by Figures on a Beach
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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If the movie doesn't make you sick, junior's voice will
3 August 2005 | by lmntathffanSee all my reviews

Seriously! You've just got to see this movie to understand everything that is wrong with it. It came out during the time period where everybody was trying to make family movies that everyone could enjoy (The little rascals; Mr. Nanny, etc.) yet it lacked any charisma or enthusiasm. Every single character in the movie is driven by rage, with the exception of Trixie's mother, who shows only aggravation and weariness, possibly at the tired cliché's this movie enjoys.

To put it simply, the biggest flaw in the film was not the acting, nor the filming, but most notably the writing. The lines we receive are reminiscent of Disney classics, although this film lacks the whole-heartedness IL' Walt managed to pull off. Junior's Dad, (John Ritter) makes you mad without even doing anything, simply because he allows Junior to run around unsupervised, and only gives him a stern warning when he tapes a 200-pound behemoth to a chalk board.

Also, Junior's grandfather is particularly excruciating. For those of you who saw the first one, found it nauseating, and thus, did not see the second one, "Big Ben Healy" as he is referred to in this movie, is still a total douche. He basically barges into John Ritter's house uninvited, settles himself in Junior's room, even though he says that he hates Junior, and basically does nothing to accelerate the film's speed, or to support the film in any way. Rather, he ticks off the audience by being a lazy free loader.

Finally, we are introduced to a wide variety of new characters, such as the smug, obnoxious, Trixie, who carries dynamite in her backpack, which she first lights, then hands, to Junior, who simply stares wide eyed at. Also, Gilbert Gottfried returns in this film, this time playing the obnoxious principal at Junior's new elementary school. If Gilbert Gottfried ain't enough to get the point across, I will put it simply: This film reeks!

2/10 stars, because the actor's convictions shine through the film, even though the script sucks.


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