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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 ... Ben
Jack Warden ... Big Ben
Michael Oliver ... Junior
Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody
Amy Yasbeck ... Flo
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}

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Taglines:

Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once. 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:

Problem Child 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Travolta was also considered for the role of Little Ben, based on his role as a father in Look Who's Talking (1989), but he turned it down so that he could commit to Look Who's Talking Too (1990). See more »

Goofs

Camera shadows in some scenes of the final chase. See more »

Quotes

Martin Beck: Uh, I see a furry bunny. Hmm. And the furry bunny is running through... delicate, white snowflakes.
Warden: He's lying! That's not what he sees.
Dr. Rupert Camarillo: I'm sorry. I'm conducting an examination. Now what do you see, Martin?
Martin Beck: I see a meadow. Pink flowers.
Warden: He's lying again! How can he see pink?
[Looking in the picture]
Warden: It's a black-and-white picture!
[Turned to Martin]
Warden: There is no pink!
Dr. Rupert Camarillo: Warden, if you don't stop interrupting, I am going to ask you to leave.
[...]
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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 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (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

 
Brainless, Unpleasant Characters, but also Very Funny
11 October 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The seven-year-old orphan Junior (Michael Oliver) has been rejected thirty times by his foster parents since he was a baby because he is wicked. He worships the criminal Martin Beck (Michael Richards) and wears a a bow tie just like his idol. Ben (John Ritter) is a good affectionate man that dreams on being a father. However his flashy wife Flo (Amy Yasbeck) is infertile and he convinces her to adopt a child. The couple is lured by Mr. Peabody (Gilbert Gottfried) that manages an orphanage and they adopt the little devil Junior. When Ben's father Big Ben (Jack Warden) meets the boy, he immediately tells that Junior is evil. Soon Ben learns that his father is correct; will he call off the adoption?

"Problem Child" is a brainless film with unpleasant characters. Ben and the psychologist are dorks; Junior and Martin Beck are mean; Big Ben is selfish and Flo is ambitious and unfaithful. The situations are politically incorrect bu also very funny. If the viewer shutdown his or her brain, he or she will find a hilarious movie and laugh a lot. The best scene is the interview of the psychologist with the psychopath criminal. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Pestinha" ("The Little Devil")


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