Worse. Babysitter. Ever.

Movie Review: The Sitter (2011)
Summary: A college student on suspension is coaxed into babysitting three kids, but is unprepared for the wild night ahead of him.
Spoilers: none

Jonah Hill is a reluctant babysitter in the raunchy and reckless comedy, The Sitter.

Hill is “Noah” who, when compelled to take a babysitting gig by his mother, meets three kids he has to look after for an evening.

Hill brings his sophomoric “college guy” charm to a role that, lo and behold, actually deserves it. And yet the longer we watch, we become more and more surprised that in a movie featuring raunchy
sexual shenanigans and the shock of kids cursing like sailors that such a film could begin to display the robust character development that this one does.

Whether the seeping sexual drek and frequent drug-use are in focus or not, we get a few good laughs with “Slater” (Max Records), a sexually conflicted 12-year-old who takes medication for his problems, “Blithe” (Landry Bender), a dolled-up little JonBenĂ©t with an attitude, and an adopted “Rodrigo” (Kevin Hernandez) whose troubled past has him blowing things up and fearing getting put in another foster home. Throw in some drug-dealers, the police, a take-advantage significant other whom Noah wishes was his girlfriend (Ari Graynor), and you have a whole lot of trouble.

There are no big surprises here – and yes, the plot runs headlong into an overuse of juvenile antics and cheap peripherals that do less than impress – but the way in which the shamelessly well constructed characters emerge is commendable.

Director David Green knows how to interweave comedy and a few fragmented elements of drama as needed with a cast that has enough chemistry to help make this film more than meets the previews.

(JH)

Grade: C+ (2 ½ stars)
Rated: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, and some violence)
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: “Noah Griffith” (Jonah Hill), “Slater” (Max Records), “Marisa Lewis” (Ari Graynor), “Julio” (J.B. Smoove), “Karl” (Sam Rockwell), “Blithe” (Landry Bender), “Rodrigo” (Kevin Hernandez), “Roxanne” (Kylie Bunbury)
Genre: Comedy
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