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Movie Review: The Sitter

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Like any typical David Gordon Green chuckle flick (low on class, high on crude), “The Sitter” clearly defines another comedy that’ll either be loved or hated.

With way too much of a rep as a “remake” of the 80s classic “Adventures in Babysitting,” “The Sitter” will never live up to its memorable scenes which embellish the world of imaginative innocence and the fun of adolescence. However, that’s not to say with a familiar template, an upgraded script, cast and attitude; it doesn’t lend itself to yet another comedy aiming to run a simulcast of entertainment while pressing the ever-so-famous profane button.

Noah (Hill) is a jobless, college, dropout loser who lives with his mom after being abandoned by his pop. He’s nasty, lazy, and he’s also a vagina-whipped sap sticking with a semi-girlfriend (Graynor) who constantly uses and abuses his kind side and generally appears to have no qualities aside from the fact that she lets the big boy tag along with anything and everything she’s up to.

The poo starts to hit the fan when Noah forcefully lands a baby-sitting gig, which entails three little ones belonging to his mom’s friend. (I reluctantly refer to these little sex trophies as “children,” because these little monsters do not resemble any child I’ve ever met.)

However, there’s a time and place for everything, seeing as these kids served more like sketch-comedy concepts. The trio involves Blythe, an elementary school-aged party girl, obsessed with cosmetics and clubbing; there’s Slater, a good looking pre-teen with some deep anxiety issues  and a pouch full of medication; and there’s Rodrigo, a cherry-bomb packing adoptee from El Salvador (Although his lingo was more Mexican) pyromaniac.

Laced with cliché comedic plot points only babysitting films may have, and adding the jovial comedic style and dialog from Hill, while tag-teaming with supporters, “The Sitter” is not a memorable film. I, for one, didn’t walk out feeling robbed, and neither did those I screened it with, but like “Your Highness” and “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” will be yet another Green cult following type.

It’s crude, dirty, dark, sexual and pretty funny if you ask me, but I know four months from now, this will be one of those forgotten films. (That may be a good thing for Hill, as he’s thinned out so much and positive he’s looking forward to having people focus on him now, rather than the big boy we got to know and grow to love!)

One more thing: It’s NOT for kids!

 

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