The Sitter

Year: 2012
Production Co: Michael De Luca Pictures
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: David Gordon Green
Producer: Michael De Luca
Writer: Brian Gatewood/Alessandro Tanaka
Cast: Jonah Hill, Max Records, Sam Rockwell

This film had a lot more potential than it fulfilled. There were plenty of funny moments, just not enough. Maybe inspired by the profane comedies like Horrible Bosses, Bridesmaids and The Change-Up that tore up the box office rulebook in 2011, the producers and writer probably thought having a smart-mouthed slacker do his thing with kids involved would be the next level.

Jonah Hill is perfect as the requisite slacker, playing Noah, a lazy young man with a girlfriend we can see from the off takes advantage of him. Circumstance sees him accept a night of babysitting he wants nothing to do with, taking care of a highly-strung teenage boy, a precocious tween girl way beyond her years and a Latino adoptee with a penchant for blowing things up.

When his user girlfriend calls asking him to drop coke off to a party she's at, Noah takes the kids, steals their parents' car and goes wildly off the rails in some of the shadiest parts of New York through a series of plot contrivances, with a fearsomely friendly drug dealer (Rockwell) on his tail.

The plot is a little all over the place but if the script had given Hill enough room to do his thing all the way through instead of just in the beginning it would have been much funnier. Not that there aren't some choice lines, such as the confrontation when the gangster former classmate happens upon him in a department store.

It also appears the creative brains trust behind the film figured enough time has passed so that nobody remembers the Elisabeth Shue comedy Adventures in Babysitting, which this is a virtual carbon copy of.

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