July 6, 1991 |
The crashing guitar chords of George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" beat out their sinister vamp. The mean-little-devil features of 10-year-old Michael Oliver, as the infamous "Problem Child," Junior Healy, break into a sadistic smile. It's time for revenge, time for "Problem Child 2" (throughout San Diego County). We know somebody's gonna get it. Bad-little-kid stories have been endemic to American culture, ever since last century's Peck's Bad Boy.
August 11, 1990 |
The marketing staff at Universal Pictures must have had a lot of fun writing the blurbs for its ad campaign for "Problem Child"--for about 10 minutes anyway. How long could it have taken to come up with such howlers as " 'Two Thumbs Up!'--Captain Hook"? or " 'I Wish He Were My Son'--Darth Vader"? or " 'A 10+! Junior Had Me in Stitches!'--Frankenstein"? The gag blurbs are just about as inspired as the movie, so, in that sense, there is truth in advertising.