Owen Gleiberman
August 10, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Problem Child

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
81 minutes
performer
Michael Oliver, John Ritter, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Richards, Jack Warden, Amy Yasbeck
director
Dennis Dugan
Producers
Imagine Entertainment, Universal
distributor
Universal
author
Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it a D-

Midway through the adopted-brat-from-hell comedy Problem Child, there’s a scene in which the vicious little tyke (Michael Oliver) wreaks havoc at a baseball game, running around the bases and bopping each of the opposing players with his bat. It’s a satisfying fantasy for those of us who spent our Little League years standing at second base praying we wouldn’t bobble the next grounder. 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. D-

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