Problem Child
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An adoptive parent discovers that some children are given up by their biological parents for very good reasons in this dark comedy. Ben Healy (John Ritter) is a pleasant but brow-beaten yuppie working for his father Big Ben (Jack Warden), a tyrannical sporting goods dealer. Ben would love to have a son, but his wife Flo (Amy Yasbeck) has been unable to conceive. Ben approaches less-than-scrupulous adoption agent Igor Peabody (Gilbert Gottfried) with his dilemma, and Igor presents Ben and Flo with a cute seven-year-old boy, Junior (Michael Oliver). However, Junior is hardly a model child;… More
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"Some kids are born bad. Others achieve badness. And some have badness thrust upon them. The same can be said of movies."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Universal took a step in the right direction by whittling Problem Child down to just 81 minutes but didn't go far enough. The studio should have excised another 75 minutes and released this unbelievable mess as a short."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Smart beginning, witless ending."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Antics of a diabolical child are neither valuable nor funny."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Child abuse"
‑ Bob Ross, Tampa Tribune
"Inside Dennis Dugan's uncertainly staged, awkwardly sentimental Problem Child is another movie fighting to get out-one that's much meaner and probably more interesting."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Enough to make you gag."
‑ , Time Out
"Pipsqueak comedy that does not have the courage of its own convictions."
‑ Monty Smith, Empire Magazine
"The film gets so lost in angry pranks, it forgets to provide a reason why Junior shouldn't be hung from the nearest tree...The worst movie of all time? Problem Child."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"There are amusing moments here and there and John Ritter offers an ingratiating performance, but that's about it."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The rest of the kid's tricks are too unimaginative to be much fun -- though with jokes this lame you won't have to worry as much about your children getting any bad ideas."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"As directed by the actor Dennis Dugan, everyone seems to be yelling their lines and making huge hand gestures instead of acting."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"It's too bad the editors of Problem Child couldn't have saved time and money by just putting the whole film through a shredder."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Grating, irritating, truly a problem movie calling itself a comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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