Problem Child (1990)

problem childBy Scott Goldfine

A couple’s dreams of parenthood turns into a nightmare after they unknowingly adopt the world’s most wicked 7-year-old boy in this comedy. New dad John Ritter forsakes everything trying to reach out to the dastardly youngster.

The film contains several funny episodes, with newcomer Michael Oliver splendid as the despicable brat. But when the nastiness dissipates, the movie loses its heart. Also stars Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried and Michael Richards. Rated PG.

GRADE: C+

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