Problem Child Tantrum Pack [DVD]

As part of the Franchise Collection, the Problem Child Tantrum Pack comes to DVD from Universal Studios Home Video. This two-disc box set contains the comedies Problem Child (1990) and Problem Child 2 (1991). Each film is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound in English. Subtitles are available in French and Spanish. The only special features are theatrical trailers and a French-dubbed language track for the first movie.
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Synopsis


Problem Child 2
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the adoption agency, along comes this sequel to the 1990 comedy hit Problem Child. Ben Healy (John Ritter) and his sociopathically unruly son Junior (Michael Oliver) move out of town after Ben and his wife split up. Ben discovers that his new city is overrun with divorced women looking for husbands, and Lawanda Dumore (Laraine Newman) soon sets her predatory sights on Ben. However, Lawanda doesn't care for Junior (not difficult to understand) and intends to ship him off to boarding school as soon as she and Ben tie the knot. Junior gets wind of her plans and does all in his power to scuttle them. Meanwhile, Junior finds a new playmate -- Trixie (Ivyann Schwan), a girl even more obnoxious than himself, who is the daughter of Annie (Amy Yasbeck), the school's nurse, who also has her eye on Ben. Oddly enough, Amy Yasbeck also appeared in the original Problem Child as Flo, the wife that Ben divorced in this picture. Yasbeck and Ritter married in real life in 1999. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Problem Child
An adoptive parent discovers that some children are given up by their biological parents for very good reasons in this dark comedy. Ben Healy (John Ritter) is a pleasant but brow-beaten yuppie working for his father Big Ben (Jack Warden), a tyrannical sporting goods dealer. Ben would love to have a son, but his wife Flo (Amy Yasbeck) has been unable to conceive. Ben approaches less-than-scrupulous adoption agent Igor Peabody (Gilbert Gottfried) with his dilemma, and Igor presents Ben and Flo with a cute seven-year-old boy, Junior (Michael Oliver). However, Junior is hardly a model child; mean-spirited and incorrigible, the child leaves a path of serious destruction in his wake, and is even pen pals with Martin Beck (Michael Richards), a notorious serial killer. After the cat ends up in the hospital, the house catches on fire, and Junior displays his effective but unethical method for winning in Little League, Ben is having serious doubts about Junior when Beck escapes from jail and decides to kidnap his faithful correspondent, along with Junior's new mom. Problem Child proved to be a major box office success, spawning two sequels and a TV series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Ritter
    John Ritter - Ben Healy
  • Michael Oliver
    Michael Oliver - Junior Healy
  • Amy Yasbeck
    Amy Yasbeck - Annie Young
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    Ivyann Schwan - Trixie Young
  • Laraine Newman
    Laraine Newman - Lawanda Dumore



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    laugh like crazy

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    frank12345

    Problem Child Tantrum Pack. This review is strictly for this collection, and not the movies themselves. If you want to see my reviews for the actual films, I've done that on the items' respective pages. The Problem Child Tantrum Pack combines the first two films in the Problem Child series, in a single-disc collection. Both films feature a fullscreen presentation and the respective trailers. I've always been a fan of the Problem Child movies. From my childhood right up to the present days, these have always been laugh-out-loud films that never failed to please me. With the advent of DVDs, an obvious good idea was to combine the films in the series onto a single DVD. It's a good idea, but the execution of it here is horrible. First of all, both movies are presented in a cropped fullscreen presentation. Why couldn't they present the films in their original aspect ratio? Or honestly, would it be that hard to just give the viewer a choice of widescreen/fullscreen? If you're going to release a DVD as fullscreen, fine. But release a widescreen one too, so cinemaphiles can view the films as the directors intended. In the age of DVDs, there's no excuse for a package like this to be fullscreen only. The image quality is also low. There are pops and hisses in the picture everywhere, throughout both films. Could the company have at least made some effort to clean things up? Even a little bit of remastering could have gone a long way here. Next of all, the set only has the first two films, and lacks the made-for-TV third film. I admit, the third installment is the weak link in the series, and pales in comparison to the first two. But it IS part of the Problem Child series, and as such, does belong here. British Region 2 releases DO include the third film, so if you're going to get this collection and you have a multi-region DVD player, import the British release. Another huge flaw is the lack of bonus features. I admit, even the sold-separately release of the original Problem Child on DVD suffered from this same problem. But even that DVD at least included filmographies and some information on the making of the film. Would it have killed them to include that stuff here? But the biggest flaw of the entire collection: THE DELETED SCENES FROM THE TELEVISION AIRINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED. This was it, the perfect Problem Child collection - or at least it was supposed to be. How could they not include these!? I've been waiting for a home video release with these scenes, but so far no luck. I won't go into detail describing them here, scene-by-scene, but I am extremely disappointed these weren't included. I'm as big a fan of the Problem Child series as you'll ever meet. But this is a lackluster, slapped-together collection that doesn't do the series justice. Maybe someday a perfect collection will be released, with all three films, bonus features, and the deleted scenes. But in the meantime, if you must get this set, import the British version so you can get all three films (if you have a multi-region player, that is.) This is a great film series - and it deserves a better collection. Thumbs up for the movies, thumbs down for this collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    jasmine
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    This movie is very funny you never knew what Junior was going to do next. John Ritter had me cracking up some of the words that came out of his month. It was funny how they started celebrating when he was adopted. Every time you turned around Junior would do something and have you laughing. I like the 2 movie combo pack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    Jada
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    I've loved this movie for years and the price was OUTSTANDING both of them for 9.99?! Was told to expect it in 7 days and I recieved it in less than two! SUPER impressed with Best Buy online right now, can't wait to order again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Funny

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    Amazing
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    It is hard to find both movies in a pack. Both movies are very funny. I laughed from the beginning till the end. This is one of the best comedy I have ever seen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All Time Favorite Comedy Classic

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    Halloween88
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    Highly recommend this movie for anyone who wants a good laugh. This movie I remember seeing when I was a kid and I'm twenty six now and still love this movie. Definitely a keeper to own and watch !!! Classic comedy. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    90s classic

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    Antibiotic
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    This is a classic that you must to have. Even if it still not available on Bluray, this DVD includes both Problem Child and Problem Child 2. It worth every penny you spend on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    fun for everyone

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    thunderman218
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    I almost forgot how much fun I had watching these movies when I was younger and was great to relive the memories!! Plus they're still funny after all this time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I Thought These Were Pretty Funny

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    kevman79

    I can't necessarily give the 'Problem Child' films credit for being top-notch quality, but they sure did make me laugh, and quite often too! Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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