Problem Child 2 (1991)
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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.
And adults who make excuses for his bad behavior, so his bad behavior continues...but alas the poor boy is surrounded by an unusual number of people who are there to use his father so his behavior is justified by the film makers...and an actress who is a repeat offender who you know will end up with his father because she and he have clumsiness, "niceness" and the same hair in common (plus she is the actor's real wife and needed another job).
Give this a miss if you have more than two brain cells that function and keep your kids away from it- it has curse words in it and behavior that other kids may copy if they are not able to think for themselves.
9/10 stars- a nice way to kill two hours. If you want a bad movie, watch the 3rd Problem Child.
The movie continues the misadventures of Junior Healy and how his stepfather, Ben Healy deals with him and his horrible attitude. But this time Junior is not alone; because his new cute female friend Trixie comes to his aid in order to stop Ben to marry Lawanda Dumore, a total witch. Join Junior, Trixie, Ben, 'Big Ben', and of course, Mr. Peabody in this entertaining and sometimes kitschy comedy.
I had a good time watching this one when I was a kid and nowadays, I take it for what it is; an entertaining sequel with the typical American comedy characters from family movies.
John Ritter as always is great. The man was an idol. Jack Warren also delivers a fine performance; R.I.P. Excellent actor.
The problem children are also great and display a great chemistry between them.
Mr. Peabody always delivers great laughs; the man can make you laugh only with his gestures.
I will never forget the huge crap that the dog takes, the vomit on the roller-coaster, the infamous food fight, and some other hilarious scenes. Well, this is a mindless entertaining movie for children.
I wasn't a big fan of Problem Child (1990), nor am I interested in its sequel, Problem Child 2 (1991). There is no excuse for the kids in these movies to wreak havoc on adults. There used to be a time when kids weren't supposed to attack adults in movies. Now, apparently, everybody laughs when a kid plays with a grill and blows another guy away. And some of the kid's attempts to getting back at adults isn't funny- -it's crude, sometimes disgusting, and even life-threatening.
And, yes, we do see Junior's trouble-making ways-- he seems to know a lot about setting the barbecue to explode. He also scares off the women willing to go out with Ben, tapes the teenage school bully to a chalkboard, and he even videotapes--and broadcasts--his babysitter and her boyfriend having sex. Even a scene where a man drinks a cup of urine is deemed funny.
And what is so funny about Junior playing with the controls of a roller coaster ride while the passengers and even their parents from below end up vomiting all over the place? All of this belongs in another movie, NOT a kids' movie.
But kids will probably find this stuff funny. They will no doubt see this movie which is being marketed as a "family comedy"(in spite of the MPAA's PG-13 rating), and root for Junior Healy. But I didn't. I did not see him as an innocent child, but as a destructive, vengeful monster. Adults will groan in despair.
Larraine Newman has an over-the-top role as LaWanda Dumore, who wants to marry Ben and knows of Junior's evil ways. She wants to get rid of Junior by sending him to boarding school. She is a bitch on heels. Her sole purpose in this movie is to create a villain in the tradition of Cruela De Vil.
The only person who manages to steal the show is Jack Warden who also returns as Ben's father.
The Problem Child series is an embarrassment to the late John Ritter and Michael Oliver. One may even ask why Oliver's parents would allow their child to play to such a nasty and vile character. And Ivyann Shawann is so annoying as Trixie, you have the feeling that she was only cast to give Junior a cohort in his trouble-making ways. I also didn't buy the preachy subplot about a big, large rock that might be able to make dreams come true.
This movie may have been funny when you were a kid, but as an adult or parent, you'll probably be sometimes shocked at what is being depicted on the screen.
It's obnoxiousness two times around.
In fact this movie's filmstrip should be burned! No matter how much your kids beg to see this or the other Problem Child movies, please do the right thing and convince them how bad the Problem Child movies are and make up any excuse for them not to see it! Oh, yeah and did anyone know that Ivyann Shawann is now striving to be a country music singer? And ever wonder whatever happened to Michael Oliver?
All three Problem Child movies are must-misses and are not recommended! (Though I've never cared to see part three!) Even the critics disliked this movie! I think this movie should go where it belongs, the junkyard!
Everyone has their choice for "worst movie they've ever seen." Some like to pick on Gigli or Battlefield Earth. Some pick on classics like Plan 9 From Outer Space. Ever since I was 14 I have been very vocal in saying that to me, it is Problem Child 2, and 9 years later, I feel the exact same way. It's not "one of the worst," it's not just an expression. It is THE ACTUAL worst movie I have ever seen.
How much farting, pooping, peeing, and puking can you put in a single movie? I don't need to see a dog take a dump that goes up to my waist! Why is it that I'm so hard on this filth? I have nothing against bathroom or gross-out humor. Heck, I like the American Pie movies. Having such an excess of it within 90 minutes is a bad idea, but the true tipping point is to do it with kids! Having little kids call each other sexual names (IMDb won't even let me post that word on here, yet here it is coming out of the mouths of 8 year olds. Think of the irony in that!) and urinate and puke on each other just makes the whole thing feel dirtier. Worst line in the movie: "I guess I should fart in more people's offices."
What other film has: urination into lemonade, dynamite sticks exploding toilets, a little boy filming his babysitter having sex and projecting it on the side of the house, and a little girl joking about scratching testicles?
However, my absolute favorite moment has to be when the same little girl is on a carnival ride, says: "I'm gonna puke," opens her mouth, and fake looking puke shoots straight out of her open mouth in a perfect 90 degree angle! The puking scene in Scary Movie 2 looked more real than that.
I suppose the only redeeming element in the movie is Gilbert Gottfried. You get the impression that he didn't even have a script, but was just being his usual self. Too bad he has to act stupid while pizza gets thrown on him.
You know what? Thinking about the movie this much has just made me have to go to the bathroom. Goodbye!
Problem Child 2 is a funny childhood/ family classic and the first Problem Child was funny too. Yes, again The Problem Child series is one the funniest yet best family comedy films of all time. It's a recommendation for all families who love comedy family films. Problem Child and Problem Child 2 is must watch. Seeing Michael Oliver on screen in both of these films will always bring laughs for a lifetime LMAO. He is beyond crazy and funny!
Problem Child 2 another awesome flick in the problem child series!
One of my friends bought the Problem Child Tantrum Pack (contains the first two "Problem Child"s in one disc), and we decided to watch the sequel because it was "funnier".
There were many funny moments in the movie (the vomit scene, that's all I need to say.), Nippy the dog after eating CHOW DOWN, and numerous others. The movie is nothing but toilet humor, but it's hilarious. Other than the funny moments, though, this movie has little to offer.
John Ritter annoys the crap out of me, because it sounds like he's reading out of a book. The man can't act in this one, sorry.
Although I can't say if I would find the movie funny now...(we were blown when we watched it), it's a perfect movie for a rainy day...but nothing else. Don't expect Oscar material on this one, guys.
I also admit that after I saw the scene of the Carnival ride I threw up for real and I had also nightmares. And, the soundtrack is the most hideous soundtrack I ever heard in a movie, except for the Bryan Adams song ''Only the Strong Survives''.
Advice: if you want to see a family movie, watch instead something like ''Shrek'' or ''Ice Age'' or even ''The Naked Gun'' movies. Trust me, they are much better than this giant revolting dump of s**t!
America, nay, the world, has not learned all of the lessons which Junior has to teach. God Bless Problem Child 2, and may John Ritter rest in Peace. Amen.
This is a cartoon in a film format.... but an AWFUL cartoon and an AWFUL movie! Very unrealistic and a terrible lesson: "We make our parents happy being bad".... heh. Great lesson!
Unrealism is frequent in this movie. When I was 8 or 9 and I watched this movie, I liked it. Now, I'm 14 and, as I grow, I hate it more. This movie isn't fun, and it would be a REAL CRIME to recommend it to ANYONE!
My favourite quote in the original: Junior "They must be a couple of YAr-Hoos" That kid is amazing, he was the reason why you casually set alight the couch while your parents where in the room and blamed TV.
For anyone with a sense of humour this is the film for you. Its the kind of film that does all the stuff you wanted to do but never had the guts to do.
That kid is so inspirational to such a wide audience, especially his behaviour. He is the kind of kid that i would like to have as a son one day...
I would teach him a lesson or two
I loved this when I seen it for the last time in 1995. It came on today on TNT and...I didn't like it that much. I laughed at a few parts but most of the jokes were corny...the doorbell electrocution and the zapped hair was just a sign that this movie franchise was going downhill.
The start of the movie was bad...and I didn't catch the ending this time around but I remember it...and well, it was bad. It was good to see Michael Oliver and Ivyan Schwann as a team...but nothing could save this movie. Avoid Problem Child 3 also at all costs! The original Problem Child will be seen as a guilty pleasures classic but the other two are an embarassment to John Ritter and Michael Oliver [I hope Solitaire is picked up by someone].
Well...I shouldn't say "all." Bad kids crack me up!! I loved Problem Child 2, and recommend it to anyone watches movies to be ENTERTAINED, not just to nitpick. To involve kids with cruel pranks, toilet humor, and Jack Warden was GENIUS! Junior Healy makes Dennis the Menace look like an Olsen twin. I wouldn't want to mess with him.