Problem Child

Problem Child is a 1990 American black comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan in his feature film directorial debut and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Jack Warden, Gilbert Gottfried, Amy Yasbeck, and Michael Richards. It was released on July 27, 1990.


Ben Healy is a pleasant but browbeaten yuppie working for his father "Big Ben", a tyrannical sporting goods dealer running for mayor. Ben would love to have a son, but his obnoxious wife Flo has been unable to conceive. Ben approaches less-than-scrupulous adoption agent Igor Peabody with his dilemma, and Peabody presents Ben and Flo with a cute 7-year-old boy, Junior.