Adventures in Babysitting ★★½

For every inspired moment, there’s a misstep to cancel it out. The majority of the cast is likable, and there’s a generally good chemistry between the four main characters. One can’t fault it too much for the general homophobic and uncomfortable sex jokes that are hallmarks of 80’s teen comedies, but we are given the sense that the city is no place for innocent white teenagers who are right to be scared in most of the situations they find themselves in. A music club full of black strangers? Uncomfortable! A frat party full of white strangers? No problem! And you could argue that this might be a very real reaction for those white teens, but the tone and script of the movie never make up for it elsewhere.


-Charlie