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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.

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,026,900, 29 July 1990

Gross USA:

$53,470,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,270,891
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chevy Chase, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis were all considered for the role of Little Ben Healy. But Chase turned it down due to him shooting National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). Rick Moranis and Dan Aykroyd were too busy doing Ghostbusters II (1989). Dreyfuss and Russell wanted too much money and Russell was busy doing Tango & Cash (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Junior swings the nun out of the window (beginning of movie), her lips do not sync up with what she is yelling. See more »

Quotes

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

The 1991 video version included a short promo during the vertical THE END title card, the theatrical version had it horizontal, having Junior peek out of the END part reminding the viewer not to miss the release of PROBLEM CHILD 2 and appearing front and center explaining he has to go to film a big scene, leading to the director saying action, crashing sounds, and Ben shouting "Junior". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Suburgatory: I'm Just Not That Into Me (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

BAD TO THE BONE
Written and Performed by George Thorogood
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Really refreshing!
7 May 2003 | by buckaroo-6See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film - which was truly different.

To be honest, I'm absolutely fed up with portrays of children (especially in commercials and family movies). Children are always portrayed as so cuuuuuuute and nice - actually, I'm worried about getting tooth decay because of the sweetness involved.

Problem Child is just different - the child is a complete evil brat which causes havoc during the whole movie.

Basically, the film concentrates on showing the evil side of children - and yes, people, there is a cruelty in children. Do you remember your own childhood? The bully who loved to harass weaker children? How about children treat outsiders, like fat/ugly peers? What about kids torturing animals like flies or frogs?

Sure - this comedy is far of and unrealistic, but so are cuuuuuuute and sweet family movies.

So - I quite like the movie, it's a black comedy which is a nice counterpoint to sweet & cute comedies like Home Alone.

7 / 10


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