Problem Child 2

At times this poor version of a sitcom seems written by five-year-olds for five-year-olds, so much so that one suspects its script was fingerpainted.

With:
John Ritter Michael Oliver Jack Warden Laraine Newman Amy Yasbeck Ivyann Schwan

At times this poor version of a sitcom seems written by five-year-olds for five-year-olds, so much so that one suspects its script was fingerpainted.

The plot has Ben (John Ritter) and Junior (Michael Oliver) moving to a new town of cloying divorcees, as Junior grapples with his fear of losing his adopted dad by reverting to various revolting if not terribly funny habits.

A second ‘problem child’, a little girl (Ivyann Schwan, from Parenthood), eventually teams up with Junior to try to bring his lonely dad together with her sheepish mom (Amy Yasbeck).

The most depressing aspect of the film stems from seeing Ritter and Laraine Newman, playing a rich femme fatale with her own desires on Ben, struggling against such fastidiously inane material. Oliver remains an annoying child actor who mugs constantly.

Pic also suffers from a cheap look all the way around, including jokes using a stuffed dog that’s supposed to be a real dog and an obviously styrofoam rock.

Problem Child 2

Production: Universal/Imagine. Director Brian Levant; Producer Robert Simonds; Screenplay Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski; Camera Peter Smokler; Editor Lois Freeman-Fox; Music David Kitay; Art Director Maria Caso

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: John Ritter Michael Oliver Jack Warden Laraine Newman Amy Yasbeck Ivyann Schwan

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