Problem Child / Problem Child 2
This hilarious double feature stars John Ritter as Ben Healy, who adopts a 7-year-old boy, Junior (Michael Oliver), with his wife (Amy Yasbeck). But Junior isn't the gentle son they expected; he's a certified terror, messing up trips, parties and ball games. Undeterred, Ben commits to parenthood until Junior finally learns how to get along with others. In the sequel, Ben is newly divorced, and his son is determined to find him a new love.
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- This movie is
PG-13Adult content, adult language, brief nudity, mild violence.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that in this slapstick comedy, a 7-year-old boy causes chaos from start to finish. He's bad for the sake of being bad and delights in setting fires, causing accidents, hurting people, pickpocketing, and driving recklessly, all without remorse. His misbehavior is exaggerated and unrealistic. Despite characters being pummeled, hit with a baseball bat, squished and squashed, and even sailing through the air locked in a suitcase, no one is injured. There's lots of potty humor (including the boy's penchant for peeing on people and farting for effect). Mild swearing is frequent ("crap," "ass," "hell," "goddamn"), and there are several slurs ("Japs," "retarded"). Stereotypically heartless nuns and a priest are used as comic foils and objects of disdain, including shots of hefty nuns undressing and a priest sitting on the toilet. The movie also presents a very negative take on adoption.
- Sexual Content
- A brief, farcical demonstration of the human reproductive system using plastic body parts; some beefcake photographs of men; one overblown kiss. Junior takes pictures of nuns undressing and a priest sitting on a toilet.
- Strictly cartoon violence throughout. A 7-year-old child is responsible for car crashes, including a man atop a careening, out-of-control vehicle; nuns slipping and falling; fist fights; men toppling from high places; setting fire to a house; and more. In addition, there's a bear attack, a prison break, and an exaggeratedly violent criminal wields a gun and kidnaps the boy and his adopted mom.
- Lots of mild swearing and potty behavior: "butt," "crap," "dick," "hell," "ass," "up yours," "goddamn," "balls," etc. Junior pees into someone's face and into a fire. Fart sounds. Some slurs, including "retarded," "Japs," "moron," "idiot."
- Social Behavior
- In an attempt to elicit laughs, the world is portrayed as filled with people who are some combination of stupid, mean, vengeful, materialistic, and oblivious. The film also presents a very negative picture of adoption.
- Lots of visuals of Pepsi. Also: Whoppers, Icee, Milk Duds, Fluky's, Remco, Penn Sporting Equipment.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A convicted criminal smokes throughout. A few instances of adults having a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it