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Release Date: July 27th, 1990

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2001

PG|1 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
Ben (John Ritter) is a good-hearted guy who's always wanted a son of his own, but so far he and his wife have had no success. The couple adopt Junior (Michael Oliver), a redheaded hellion who quickly makes their lives miserable. Disaster follows Junior wherever he goes, from camping trips that require emergency-room visits to birthday parties that turn into Grand Guignol affairs. When Ben's incensed family tells him to get rid of the boy, he starts to wonder if they might be right.

Cast: John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Yasbeck, Michael Richards, Peter Jurasik, John William Galt

Director: Dennis Dugan

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

Keywords: 1990s, Amusing, Father, Wife, Revenge, Hospital, Underdog, Madcap

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Every time Problem Child gets an interesting edge, it loses it. show more

  • Dugan can`t find a tone that allows him to preserve the shock of the gags while minimalizing their physical painfulness. show more

  • Problem Child is a beautiful example of what junk entertainment can be with a smattering of brains behind it. While it hangs there as a monument to audience idiocy, it also lets you have a wallow in fun. You leave thinking there have been worse things on which to spend your time and money. [28 July 1990, p.C3]

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