Problem Child 2

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Problem Child 2
Problem child two poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian Levant
Produced by Robert Simonds
Written by Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Starring John Ritter
Michael Oliver
Jack Warden
Laraine Newman
Amy Yasbeck
Ivyann Schwan
Music by David Kitay
Cinematography Peter Smokler
Edited by Lois Freeman-Fox
Robert P. Seppey
Imagine Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 3, 1991 (1991-07-03)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11–15 million[1]
Box office $32,704,700[2]

Problem Child 2 is the 1991 comedy film sequel to the 1990 sleeper hit Problem Child; a continuation of the exploits of an adopted orphan boy who deliberately wreaks comedic havoc everywhere he goes. In this film, Amy Yasbeck portrays Annie Young, unlike the first film in which she originally portrayed as Flo Healy, wife of Ben Healy (John Ritter). This film was produced by producer Robert Simonds, who also produced the first film in the Problem Child series, Problem Child. This film was rated PG-13, unlike the first Problem Child.

This second installment in the Problem Child franchise did not fare as well as its predecessor, Problem Child, only performing about half as well at the U.S. box-office.


Ben Healy and his son Junior Healy move from Cold River to Mortville, Oregon, a quiet, peaceful community, apparently as a way to start their lives all over again. Ben is initially sad to be leaving Cold River until Junior reminds him that everyone there has been horrible to him his whole life including his father and friends, they then leave knocking over the welcome sign as they leave. When they arrive at their new house, dozens of women line up in their front yard. LaWanda DuMore (Laraine Newman) the richest lady in Mortville takes a liking to Ben, much to Junior's chagrin. Junior sold his grandfather's stuff. Ben Sr. wants to hit Junior with a belt until Ben Sr. goes out the window.

Junior and Ben head out to a carnival. There, Junior finds that he is not tall enough to ride "The Crazy Dance". While Ben goes off to get a candy apple to cheer him up, Junior sabotages the ride, making the passengers on board vomit everywhere, after being taunted by Murph and Trixie (who has put stilts on her shoes to make her look taller).

Junior, who strongly despises LaWanda, gets even by switching her blood sample with that of a rabid dog. While celebrating her engagement to Ben, she gets cake icing on her face, which bears a striking resemblance to foaming at the mouth (a symptom of rabies). As a result, she is handcuffed by animal control officers and sent to the hospital for observation. With her in the hospital, Junior overhears a patient in the room across from her saying he wants to hold the world record for the world's longest nose. Overhearing this, Junior sabotages LaWanda's plastic surgery by switching the patient files, resulting in her receiving a gigantic nose – this is Junior attempting to make her so ugly Ben will not marry her. Unfortunately, she uses her funds to get last minute surgery to undo the damage. At the altar, Junior and Trixie's work pays off and Ben finally realizes that Annie is the one for him. Big Ben decides to marry (the now single) LaWanda while Junior and Trixie use explosives to splatter the two of them with wedding cake.


Actor Role
John Ritter Ben Healy
Michael Oliver Junior Healy
Jack Warden Big Ben Healy
Laraine Newman LaWanda Dumore
Amy Yasbeck Annie Young
Ivyann Schwan Trixie Young
Gilbert Gottfried Igor Peabody
Paul Willson Smith
Bob Smith Father Flanagan
Alan Blumenfeld Aron Burger
Krystle and Tiffany Mataras Dolly and Madison
Charlene Tilton Debbie Calukinski
Kristen Simonds Rhoda
Eric Edwards Murph
James Tolkan Mr. Thorn
Martha Quinn Emily
Zach Grenier Voytek


The movie was filmed on location in Orlando, Florida from January to March 1991, including the-then newly opened Universal Studios Florida.[citation needed]


It did not fare as well as its predecessor, Problem Child, earning half as much at the U.S. box-office.[1] Rotten Tomatoes reports that 7% of 27 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 2.4/10. The sites consensus read: "Crude, rude, puerile, and pointless, Problem Child 2 represents a cynical nadir in family-marketed entertainment."[3]


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