With a scant 78 min. running time, Problem Child certainly doesn't have to worry about overstaying its welcome. It got in, got out, and happily surprised the HDYR gang.
Initially, our memories of this film and its sequel were all jumbled up. As a result, it was easy to forget that the first Problem Child actually has some witty satirical elements, a strong point-of-view, and an endearing overall message. Maybe we've just been watching too many convoluted movies lately, but there was something refreshing about the film's simplicity.
In this episode we discuss how effectively each character is set-up, how much we miss John Ritter, some of the misguided criticisms leveled against the character of Junior, how re-arranging a few scenes in the second act would give the story some more momentum, and the glorious majesty of a certain farting pig.