History Film / ProblemChild

25th Sep '16 4:30:33 PM ANTMuddle
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Corky. And if that wasn't enough, the actor who played him, Blake McIver Ewing, ''IS'' actually gay!

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Corky. And if that wasn't enough, the actor who played him, Blake McIver Mciver Ewing, ''IS'' actually gay!



* BratsWithSlingshots: Junior uses his on a horse that one of the three bullies is riding. Said horse goes bananas when it gets hit, dumping the equestrian into the drink.

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* BratsWithSlingshots: Junior uses his on a horse that one of the three bullies is riding. Said The horse goes bananas when it gets hit, dumping the equestrian into the drink.



** With Corky it is particularly played straight. Duke and Blade were actual bullies who harmed Junior physically multiple times. Corky, while not the nicest kid, never actually harmed Junior yet he was probably injured the most seriously. And what happens to Junior after that? Eats ice-cream with his dad!

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** With Corky it is particularly played straight. Duke and Blade were actual bullies who harmed Junior physically multiple times. Corky, while not the nicest kid, never actually harmed Junior yet he was probably injured the most seriously. And what happens to Junior after that? that? Eats ice-cream with his dad!



* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Tiffany; see ShaggyDogStory.



* ShaggyDogStory: The whole film sees Junior's effort to gain the attention of a love interest and competing with three bullies to do it. After he finally overcomes the opposition, he finds that said girl is a [[NiceCharacterMeanActor snooty control freak]]. But it works out in the end as he meets a much nicer girl shortly after.

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* RearingHorse: When it gets hit in the flank with Junior's slingshot, Corky's horse ends up in this stance, throwing its rider into the air and into the drink.
* ShaggyDogStory: The whole film sees Junior's effort to gain the attention of a love interest and competing with three bullies to do it. After he finally overcomes the opposition, he finds that said girl is a [[NiceCharacterMeanActor snooty control freak]].snooty]] {{control freak}}. But it works out in the end as he meets a much nicer girl shortly after.
16th Sep '16 5:29:13 PM JRSL88
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* AntiRoleModel: Junior is practically this.
20th Jun '16 7:02:42 PM needlessexposition
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* SpoiledBrat: There's nothing nice at all about Lucy Henderson [[AssholeVictim who definitely deserved what was coming to her]]. Flo is an adult version in that she spoils herself and forces Ben to cave into her every wish.
20th Jun '16 12:45:58 PM needlessexposition
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* ChildHater: Igor Peabody, Big Ben Healy, and [=LaWanda=] Dumore really top the cake. Many of the former's jobs all revolve around children in some way.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Flo Healy and [=LaWanda=] Dumore only care about making themselves look good.



* NiceGuy: Ben Healy is the nicest person in the series, hands down, because he genuinely loves Junior even when he's bad. The problem is that a lot of people find it easy to take advantage of that kindness.



* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Mr. Peabody goes from working at the orphanage in the first movie (where he and the nuns push Junior onto the Healys) to being a school principal (who promotes Junior to the sixth grade and has to tangle with him and his DistaffCounterpart Trixie) to being a sadistic dentist in the third movie where he gives Junior BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill out of spite.



* {{Jerkass}}: Big Ben Healy. The same with Flo. The same with many children, especially towards Junior. Junior himself is a quite a bit of one in his own way.



* {{Jerkass}}: Big Ben Healy. The same with Flo. The same with many children, especially towards Junior. Junior himself is a quite a bit of one in his own way.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The Bow-Tie Killer claims he's this.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The Bow-Tie Killer claims he's this. Junior, however, actually plays it straight because he's a nice enough kid if he's treated like a human being.



* TheCanKickedHim: Junior throws dynamite down a toilet, causing all the toilets to explode, including one his teacher is using. The teacher wears a diaper for the rest of the film.

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* TheCanKickedHim: Junior throws dynamite down a toilet, toilet to stop Trixie's prank, causing all the toilets to explode, including one his teacher is using. The teacher wears a diaper for the rest of the film.



* DistaffCounterpart: Trixie is every bit the prankster that Junior is.

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* DistaffCounterpart: Trixie is every bit the prankster that Junior is. The difference is that Junior usually saves his material for [[AssholeVictim people who wrong him or his father]] while Trixie causes chaos [[ItAmusedMe for her own amusement.]]



* TheDragon: Big Ben Healy pushes his son to marry LaWanda so he can be rich again.

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* TheDragon: Big Ben Healy pushes his son to marry LaWanda [=LaWanda=] so he can be rich again.



** With Corky it is particualry played straight. Duke and Blade were actual bullies who harmed Junior physically multiple times. Corky, while not the nicest kid, never actually harmed Junior yet he was probably injured the most seriously. And what happens to Junior after that? Eats ice-cream with his dad!

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** With Corky it is particualry particularly played straight. Duke and Blade were actual bullies who harmed Junior physically multiple times. Corky, while not the nicest kid, never actually harmed Junior yet he was probably injured the most seriously. And what happens to Junior after that? Eats ice-cream with his dad!
15th Jun '16 1:22:01 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* UrineTrouble: Quite a few of Junior's particularly disgusting pranks involve it.



* BigBad: Junior.
** Bow-Tie Killer, even more so.

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* BigBad: Junior.
** Bow-Tie Killer,
Junior, being a VillainProtagonist, although Martin is even more so.worse.


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* CorruptPolitician: Big Ben has absolutely ''no'' loyalty to the office he is running for, and all his campaign promises are BlatantLies. Fortunately, he's exposed as a phony at the end. (See IsThisThingOn).


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* NunTooHoly: The nuns at the orphanage are downright ''mean'', and they eventually use underhanded tactics to trick the Healeys into adopting Junior.
4th Jun '16 6:22:05 AM Katsuhagi
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* AdoptionDiss: Lucy Henderson says this about Junior, claiming that "He's not even a real kid. He's adopted."
19th May '16 3:49:08 PM Vahanisback
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Corky

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* AmbiguouslyGay: CorkyCorky. And if that wasn't enough, the actor who played him, Blake McIver Ewing, ''IS'' actually gay!
22nd Apr '16 9:54:40 PM Dravencour
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* YouLookFamiliar: Ben Healy's mean wife in ''Problem Child'' and his sweet-natured love interest in ''Problem Child 2'' are played by the same actress. Oddly, no-one points out the resemblance. Amy Yasbeck, the actress in question was John Ritter’s real-life wife at the time.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Ben Healy's mean wife Flo Healy in ''Problem Child'' and his sweet-natured love interest Annie Young in ''Problem Child 2'' are played by the same actress. Oddly, no-one points out the resemblance. Amy Yasbeck, the actress in question was John Ritter’s real-life wife at the time.



* ExplosiveOverclocking: The Crazy Dance Sequence. Junior turns the machine up as far as it will go (why the ride's controls are so accessible in the first place is anyone's guess), resulting in a [[VomitChainReaction 2-minute barfing spree]] before the ride's machinery disintigrates in a shower of sparks and smoke.

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* ExplosiveOverclocking: The Crazy Dance Sequence. Junior turns the machine up as far as it will go (why the ride's controls are so accessible in the first place is anyone's guess), resulting in a [[VomitChainReaction 2-minute barfing spree]] before the ride's machinery disintigrates disintegrates in a shower of sparks and smoke.



* NostalgiaFilter: subverted in the beginning when Junior calls out Little Ben's reminiscing of Cold River.
-->'''Junior''': "Fond memories? What are you talking about? Everybody hated you. Your dad, your wife, those horrible neighbors."
-->'''Little Ben''': "You're right. Let's blow this town!"

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* NostalgiaFilter: subverted Subverted in the beginning when Junior calls out Little Ben's reminiscing of Cold River.
-->'''Little Ben''': "I used to have a lot of fond memories of this place."
-->'''Junior''': "Fond memories? What are you talking about? Everybody hated you. Your dad, father, your wife, those horrible neighbors."
-->'''Little Ben''': "You're right. Let's blow this town!"joint!"
22nd Apr '16 9:50:03 PM Dravencour
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* Hypocrite: Big Ben Healy has referred to Junior as "evil" and "the devil" even though he's a genuine antagonistic jerkass himself.
* Jerkass: Anyone who makes the ill-advised mistake of antagonizing Junior... but Big Ben Healy is the textbook case of this trope!

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* Hypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: Big Ben Healy has referred to Junior as "evil" and "the devil" even though he's a genuine antagonistic jerkass himself.
* Jerkass: {{Jerkass}}: Anyone who makes the ill-advised mistake of antagonizing Junior... but Big Ben Healy is the textbook case of this trope!
8th Apr '16 2:08:04 AM Technomaru
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* Hypocrite: Big Ben Healy has referred to Junior as "evil" and "the devil" even though he's a genuine antagonistic jerkass himself.


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* TheDragon: Big Ben Healy pushes his son to marry LaWanda so he can be rich again.


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* HeelFaceTurn: Trixie started out antagonizing Junior but eventually she ends up befriending him.
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