Problem Child (1990)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family


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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.


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22 April 2010 | TheLittleSongbird
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| This film has its problems but personally I don't think it is that bad
I was expecting to really hate this film, but after seeing it, it wasn't that bad. Yes it was mediocre and crude at times, but absolutely awful, no. There are much worse movies out there, and I will probably be here all night listing them and why they are so bad. I'll drop a few hints, Friedberg-Seltzer movies, Home Alone 4, Cat in the Hat, NeverEnding Story 3 and Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2 ring a bell? Anyway, the script does have its weak spots, the ending could have been better, Michael Oliver as the truly dysfunctional kid is thoroughly obnoxious at times and the plot is a touch simplistic. That said, it has its good moments, the gags are crude but some of them are amusing, John Ritter is charming in the title role and Gilbert Gottfried is hilarious. The soundtrack ain't half bad either, Amy Yasbeck is effective at playing her character like a total snob,Jack Warden is great and the film is nice to look at. Overall, could have been better but it could have been a hell of a lot worse as well. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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Trivia

Richard Donner was considered to direct this film. But he turned it down as he was busy directing Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).


Quotes

Mother Superior: You see Mr. Peabody the child is incorrigible.
Junior: I'm what? Why don't you speak English lady?


Goofs

When Ben crashes his car into the planter on the lawn, there is no major damage to the car. In the very next shot, steam is rising from the engine as if it had taken damage.


Alternate Versions

When originally shown on network television, deleted scenes were added to pad out the running time and for content. The following is a list of said scenes. 1. When Ben and Flo get ready to go to church, their mean neighbor Mrs.Perkins tells them that their cat defecated in her tulips and orders Ben to clean it up. Though he objects to it, Flo reminds him that she doesn't want to be excluded from the social parties Mrs. Perkins throws. 2. Once at church, Ben confesses to the priest in the pulpit that he and Flo want to have a child, so the minister tells him that the St. Brutus Orphanage has an adoption service and has recommended him, but Ben tells him that Flo won't accept anyone else's child, causing the priest to disgustedly end their session. 3. An extended dialogue scene at Mr. Peabody's adoption office has him, Ben and Flo arguing about how their child should look. 4.A scene of Junior talking to the Mother Supirior as he is packing. 5. During Martin Beck's psychological examination (once the doctor has escorted the warden out of the room), he has a flashback about how he thinks.he was blamed for a crime that somebody else did and is shown in his prison cell listening to the chaplain's final words to him, as well as a guard giving Martin a yellow bow tie-shaped cake. He is then shown walking to the electric chair, but manages to force the warden into it. 6. A short dialogue scene has Roy and his family loading up their Jeep for the camping trip with Roy telling Ben to hurry up. 7. Ben goes out to the porch to tell Junior that he is laying down the law for his bad behavior until he notices a picture Junior painted consisting of Ben knocking out Roy with the frying pan. Junior protests that he is only pretending to be his friend and that no one cares about him but himself. Ben then reminds him that he's not alone anymore and that he has got a friend(Ben) to talk to. He then gets his foot caught in the paint-filled cake pan as Junior starts laughing hysterically. 8. A long sequence has Junior terrorizing the milkman and the paperboy with a remote-controlled airplane, with Ben ending up getting the brunt of the abuse. 9. After Ben looks at the picture Junior made for him, Martin calls Ben and tells him he has a half-hour to come up with $100,000 for the ransom, as a way to see Junior and Flo again, followed by Martin telling Junior he's not planning to hurt Ben once he arrives with the money. 10. When Ben races through the circus to deliver the ransom money. A little girl asks Mother Superior, who obviously took the children on a field trip there, if that was the man who adopted Junior. When the nun notices Ben pushing and knocking people out of the way, Mother Superior replies, "Darn,that kid works fast!" 11.A scene where the bearded lady tells Martin he called her his little kumquat.


Soundtracks

PROBLEM CHILD
(End Title Song)
Written and Produced by
Terry Melcher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Single available on RCA Records, Cassettes and CDs

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Comedy | Family

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