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Worst. Babysitter. Ever.
Noah, is not your typical entertain-the-kids-no-matter-how-boring-it-is kind of sitter. He's reluctant to take a sitting gig; he'd rather, well, be doing anything else, especially if it involves slacking. When Noah is watching the neighbor's kid he gets a booty call from his girlfriend in the city. To hook up with her, Noah takes to the streets, but his urban adventure spins out of control as he finds himself on the run from a maniacal drug lord.
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If you are under the supervision of a mental health professional or have just been fed mashed banana, carry on.
It’s not big, it’s not clever and it most certainly isn’t funny.
I don’t want to call David Gordon Green a sellout *cough*he is a sellout*cough* but his recent journey into bland mainstream comedy is rather depressing. Where once he was compelled to make interesting independent character studies now we get comedies devoid of laughs. Jonah Hill proved he could actually be both funny and sort of endearing in 21 Jump Street but here he is back to familiar and unwelcome territory. The three kids, including Where the Wild Things Are’s Max Records, do their best in roles that elicit few laughs which means Green relies on Sam Rockwell as a drug dealer to bring any real colour or interest to the film. Sadly, even he struggles with a broad and obvious script that goes for lowest common denominator targets.
I wish I had just re-watched Adventures in Babysitting.
I had a whole review going addressing how ridiculous/ludicrous/insane/bonkers/unbelievable it is that people will give comedies like Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids pass/praise and then will dump all over a comedy like this. But, then firefox crashed and I lost all my eloquently written words. Thus, I will just write that The Sitter is much better than most comedies, and I like it.
What would you do if you were charged with babysitting three really weird and obnoxious kids? Well, you should probably refrain from going the Jonah Hill route - as in taking them on a nightly car trip to get some blow for your girlfriend.
I'm not gonna spoil too much here, but let's just say that all hell breaks loose, as the pandemonious circumstances take one bad turn after another. Very random and over-the-top, there's not much of a plot to speak of, but it didn't really bother me that much as I had a good time throughout. Kind of like a spin-off with Hill's character in Superbad and almost as funny.
It may be short of a McLovin to…
The latest entry in David Gordon Green's controversial Bad Filmmaker series finds him squandering his talents in such a repulsive, seemingly deliberate way that it makes you question, for a moment, whether he was ever any good at all. Jonah Hill has never been less appealing, and it's totally unclear who this movie is for - it seems to have been engineered to scandalize ten year old boys, but it's rated R and is completely inappropriate for really anyone to watch.
"Soul baby, keep it in control baby."
With a run time that doesn't even hit 80 minutes, The Sitter skips a long at a fast pace and thankfully doesn't over stay its welcome. The movie is constantly moving from location to location, all of which are visually interesting in my opinion. I especially like the inventiveness of Sam Rockwell's hangout, as well as the whole meat head gang thing. Even though this was a third time watch, I still laughed a fair bit, and really just enjoyed my time watching the film. You can do a lot worse than this movie.
Jonah Hill made “The Sitter” right after “Moneyball”, the film that got him an Academy Awards nomination. Here he plays Noah, who wants his mom to go out on a date. For that to happen, he has to babysit the kids of her best friend. Off course the three kids are children from hell and Noah gets into some sticky situations. Not very original for a comedy.
“The Sitter” starts as a standard modern comedy, with a good dose of sexual references. As soon as the kids are in play, that part is put to the side. The focus is on the bizarre road trip Noah has with the three children. Drugs, stolen cars, break ins, gangs and fights are…
Jonah babona banana fana fafona mee ma manona, JONAH!
Floja, y de no estar Jonah Hill poniendo esa cara que tiene, ya ni te cuento.
David Gordon Green provides some great music driven sequences, gags are sporadically very funny, but Jonah Hill's comedic style needs an equally funny actor to bounce off; without this the film regularly traipses through a mediocre quagmire of unfortunately average set pieces and one-liners.
I got to say that "The Sitter" is funny as hell. "It's so hysterical." The performances in this movie are surprisingly good. The directing by David Gordon Green is excellent. The screenplay by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka is really clever. And the score in this movie is good as well. "For my opinion, I'm raving that "The Sitter" is comical and humorous!" I to say that I personally was laughing out loud. If you like comedy, then this movie is perfect for you.
"I know you're a little kid, and I know I'm not supposed to say this kind of stuff to you, but fuck you. Fuck you so much. You're a douche"
Thematic trend to watch for in Hollywood comedies: man-child with father issues learns to be a better man (or father) by baby sitting (in Due Date's case, a literal adult baby), which is better than some of the other fabricated sobriety being peddled at the end of comedies lately. And while this has zero resemblance to the David Gordon Green of three films ago, it does have enough nutty things going on that I was not unamused, see El Salvadorian child planting explosives around toilets in NYC or Sam Rockwell or Method Man. Consolation prize: children, who are invariably annoying in films, aren't that annoying here. Waste of time: extrapolating on the fact that it's formulaic, lazy and blah.
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