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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.
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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.
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.
Don't even know why I bothered with this film.
Read my DCist review.
Perish, Jonah Hill, I beg of you.
There are some really funny moments in The Sitter, but it is also extremely inconsistent and even with a fairly short running time it feels overlong.
The Sitter comedy film directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and produced by Michael De Luca. Starring Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell.
This trend of baby-sitting movies and all that takes not-too-much-consumable-efforts to inculcate senses in nonsenses and that too in just a night; make me go mad. Don't they feel embarrassed to keep coming up with same old prank-playing on audience.
Jonah Hill looks pathetically ridiculous while taking brats out to get drugs to go to a party on a request of his so-called girlfriend who vowed to make love with him only if he brings the drugs. Now, who in his/her sense do two illicit things by taking kids including young girl to such places? Who is going to buy this, I won't bro? Stay miles away from this!
Laptop broke, so watched on my phone. Too gooey at its centre to be a proper misanthropic comedy, so ends up being a pile of nothing, although there are some decent chuckles. At least Jonah Hill disproves the old "fat comedians are only funny when they're fat" maxim.
Simply good fun, and one of the lines from the film sums it up quite well: “You been messin’ with the wrong babysitter!” Go Jonah!
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