Owen Gleiberman
July 19, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Problem Child 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Michael Oliver, John Ritter
director
Brian Levant
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D

If you took Home Alone and removed any justification for the kid’s demonic booby traps (he was trying to protect his castle, remember?), you’d have the Problem Child movies, in which Michael Oliver, a freckled tyke with a big ripe smirk of malice, engages in such good-natured antics as electrocuting people and sticking cherry bombs in toilets. Problem Child 2 also boasts a splatteringly graphic puke-athon set aboard a carnival ride. I’m probably getting awfully moralistic, but couldn’t the geniuses who devise entertainment for tots have come up with something a bit more, uh, responsible? Kids in this culture already have more than enough opportunity to turn into frat-house jerks. D

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