This weekend, “The Sitter” smacked movie-goers in the face. The previews make the film look like it might be a fun remake of the 1980’s cult classic, “Adventures in Babysitting” and that it’s suitable for kids. And while it may resemble that film’s theme, “The Sitter” is in no way, shape, or form suitable for kids.
Right from the moans in the opening scene, the film’s gratuitous adult themes will have you shielding the eyes of the innocent. And that’s only part of what’s wrong with this movie. We’ll get to that in a moment.
Jonah Hill stars as a sloppy college dropout who gets guilted into babysitting the neighbor kids when his mother gets set up on a date for the first time since her divorce.
The trio of misfit kids he’s asked to watch include a panic-attack-in-waiting, a preteen Paris Hilton wannabe, and a pyro from south of the border.
While on duty, his user of a girlfriend convinces him that she’s finally ready to reciprocate their one-sided sexual relationship. She gets him to round up the kids, steal a van, and buy her drugs for their rendezvous. Now let the somewhat believable madness begin.
The problem with “The Sitter” is in the writing.
Other than the unneeded use of in-your-face sex and crass language, the film does have a few good laughs. Unfortunately, they’re overshadowed by multiple unbelievable elements that seem to take you out of the film’s world.
Like the fact that Hill’s dumpy character Noah can attract a model-caliber woman who has been pining over him since college? Or that muscled thugs in tiny shorts and roller skates would beat his van with bats but never hit a window? (The list goes on.)
The best part of the film, by far, are the performances the child actors delivered. Their individual quirky characters really brought 90 percent of the film’s entertainment value.
As for Hill, he was the same regular, nerdy guy we’ve seen him be in multiple films. Nothing new here.
So with this being our last film with the familiar “heavy” version of Hill, I’m going to be generous and give “The Sitter” 2 out of 5 stars.