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Problem Child

Problem Child (1990)

July. 27,1990
| Comedy

Ben Healy and his social climbing wife Flo adopt fun-loving seven year old Junior. But they soon discover he's a little monster as he turns a camping trip, a birthday party and even a baseball game into comic nightmares.


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This movie is the proof that the world is becoming a sick and dumb place


Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike

Sameer Callahan

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

Nayan Gough

A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.


This's one of the funniest movies I've seen! The main character's a trip in what he says and does. John Ritter is perfect as his exasperated father. Michael Oliver plays the orphan from hell named Junior who has been rejected more than I can count and for good reason: He's a nightmare to deal with. The jokes and gags are great! It's all worth it to see people who cross get their comeuppance as well as have Junior turn a new leaf at the end of the movie.


This movie was so stupid it was funny (at times) - also noted by another reviewer as is my heading - it is what I thought - the kid reminded me of the TV series "Dennis the Menace" behaving like Bart Simpson. However despite other reviewers liking the kid I found his performance wooden - as if he just walked on stage and said his lines one at a time. Also Jon Ritter seemed miscast. I believe Randy Quaid would have been better but none of those that turned down the roll would have suited."Chevy Chase, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis were all considered for the role of Little Ben Healy."Most of the rest of the cast did well - especially the other children. I don't see how this movie made money but I can see how kids might like it, yet the positive reviews came from adults.Rather alarming was the concern and outrage for the poster showing a cat in the washing machine (which did not happen in the movie) and there was no outcry about the physical abuse against the woman (Mrs Healy) in the the suitcase.


To be a film with a smart and naughty boy annoying the elders (shot in 1990, the same year as "Home Alone" by Chris Columbus), is an authentic gem, based on the iconic pedigree of some of those involved in the film: John Ritter ("Three's Company", among many other good and funny comedies), Michael Richards (Jerry Seinfeld's beloved and disinterested neighbor and unfortunate in his later film career, it is said that because of "Seinfeld's curse", already That neither Julia Louis-Dreyfus nor Jason Alexander did any important work afterwards) as the histrionic and evil psychopath and the always magnificent Jack Warden, leaving to the end what, in my opinion, the most important and powerful: the powerful beginning with the "Bad to the bone" (the same one that sounds when Arnold Schwarzenegger removes the glasses to the rude biker and leaves in the Harley in Terminator 2), every time that Junior does one of his own. Fun, entertaining and absolutely recommended.


The Hub channel just had a promo for this movie.This channel airs many 1990's family movies including this.I would give everything to have a channel like this in our country.Anyway, let's see at the movie.A boy full of trouble is ending up in a suburb with a new family.But then it all breaks loose.The boy crashes a mean girls Birthday party.It all ends with a hilarious chase.This is a typical 1990's suburban comedy with a boy and a criminal.Don't come to see any Cannes Awards performances.Just enjoy the silly things in this movie, and this movie are worth a rent on a weekend.On top it's only nearly an hour long.7/10