Problem Child

Problem Child

Dennis Dugan (1990)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this dreadful mishmash of a comedy, John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck adopt a boy who is so dysfunctional, it is a wonder any part of him works at all. Not only is it crude and deeply unfunny, but it also fails to work on the simplest level as an object lesson in giving love and eventually receiving it. There is something offensive about using an unloved and rebellious orphan as the butt of bad jokes in this way. But it has to be said that the American public flocked to it in their droves, and its box-office success led to an even more obnoxious sequel.


When a couple seek to adopt a child from an orphanage, the administrator sees the chance to rid himself of the bane of his existence - an uncontrollable youngster who causes chaos and destruction wherever he goes. Comedy, starring John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Jack Warden, Peter Jurasik and Michael Oliver.

Cast & Crew

Ben Healy John Ritter
"Big" Ben Healy Sr Jack Warden
Junior Michael Oliver
Mr Peabody Gilbert Gottfried
Flo Healy Amy Yasbeck
Martin Beck Michael Richards
Roy Peter Jurasik
Lorraine Charlotte Akin
Director Dennis Dugan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Children's