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Problem Child (1990)

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BOTH of these movies are absolutely PEFECT for HDTGM! Michael Oliver plays Junior, a little brat who gets tossed around from one foster family to another all his life, causing chaos wherever he ends up, until he gets adapted by John Ritter, who finally realizes what the other families never understood, that all Junior needed all along was a little love and compassion. Michael Richards plays the serial killer Junior idolizes. In the sequel, Junior and Ritter move to a new town, where Junior joins forces with a female counterpart named Trixie, and try to stop Ritter from marrying rich-bitch Lawanda, played by SNL alum Laraine Newman. Would love to hear Paul and the gang discuss these two classic comedies!

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I remember watching the second one a lot as a kid. (I also watched "Super Mario Brothers" a lot as a kid, just in case you need proof that kids will watch just about anything.) I should probably mention that it was a copy taped off of USA, which meant it was edited. Years later, I happened to be on the IMDb page for the movie and saw that there was a subplot that had the kid "videotaping his babysitter and her boyfriend having sex and broadcasting it for the whole neighborhood to see." (Just think, this kid was making revenge porn before that was a thing.) I don't remember much of the movie, but I definitely don't remember that subplot. Oddly, the "alternate versions" page on IMDb doesn't mention that being deleted from the TV version.

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I love that the movie ends with John Ritter dumping his movie/real wife in favor of a sociopathic ginger.

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What's really amazing is that they actually brought Amy Yasbeck back for the sequel-to play an entirely different character, one who couldn't be any more different than the character she played in the original.

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On 12/26/2017 at 7:31 PM, joel_rosenbaum said:

John Ritter, Gilbert Gottfried, and Michael Oliver star in this heartwarming anti-adoption parable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RyyjGf3BeA

I mean it wasn't entirely anti-adoption. In the end John Ritter ended up loving Junior and keeping him and it showed that even the roughest kids, just need love and can still be good.

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