The Sitter 2011

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A night of babysitting for a college slacker takes an unexpected turn in this comedy from director David Gordon Green. Harrassed into babysitting the neighbours' kids by his mother, layabout student Noah (Jonah Hill) soon receives a call from his girlfriend with a promise of sex. In next to no time, frustrated Noah, with kids Slater (Max Records), Blithe (Landry Bender) and Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) in tow, is heading across town for his appointment with destiny. But rather than experiencing the night of passion Noah had hoped for, he finds himself trying to escape the clutches of a pair of low-life drug dealers hell-bent on revenge, who won't let anything or anyone, not even little kids, get in their way.

Starring:
Max Records, Ari Graynor
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 21 minutes
Starring Max Records, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell, Jonah Hill
Director David Gordon Green
Genres Comedy
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 11 June 2012
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie starts out as a bad sex comedy. Jonah Hill stars as Noah Griffith, a slightly nerdy, obese young adult who peddles a bicycle. In the opening scene he is performing oral services for a pretty blond girl (Ari Graynor) who believes fat guys do it best, however she won't return the favor as she claims she has a touch of food poisoning. She is a coke slut loved by Noah.

Mom (Jessica Hecht) coerces Noah into babysitting for the neighbor (Erin Daniels). The kids are a 13 year old boy with responsibility issues, an eight year old girl going on 16, and an adopted kid from El Salvador who acts like he is part of a cartel. Noah is irresponsible as this turns into an "Adventures in Babysitting" adult comedy as he attempts to score some cocaine for his "girlfriend" who has promised him real sex in return.

As I watched the movie for the first time, I had the feeling I have seen this before. Predictable, trite, and mostly unfunny. A "me-too" comedy. A lower tier rental at best. Go watch Harold and Kumar instead.

F-bomb, sex talk, no nudity
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bowden on 9 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Rather lazy "comedy" full of stereotypes (gender and racial), nonsensical plot and rather recycled and rehashed jokes. If you're expecting a belly laugh, you probably won't get it.

On the plus side, it's only an hour and twenty minutes long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By koroush on 6 May 2014
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Overall a very disappointing film. The characters are weak and character development is virtually non exsitant. Not really funny save for Jonah Hill's naturally funny personality, laughed twice throughout the whole movie. Did not enjoy and would not recommend.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2013
Format: DVD
Noah Griffith (Hill) is a slacker who get's roped into a spot of babysitting, to allow his divorced mum (Jessica Hecht) to go on a night out. However Noah would rather be anywhere else, and an opportunity arises for him to make a good thing out the evening, and he takes the troublesome trio of kids with him on a trip to the City, where things get out of hand, and anything that can go wrong, does. Comedy & mayhem ensue.

Overall this film uses the premise of 80's babysitting comedy Adventures In Babysitting & shoe horns in adult themes headed by Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street) adding his own unique flavor of humor to it. There is a lot of swearing & mature content, even opening with an oral sex scene that i found quite a distasteful road bump into the movie. After that the structure of the film settles down into turning the plot of AIB to it's advantage. It does a decent job combining situations that are at home in a kids friendly version, with scenarios of a more adult nature, hitting the mark more often than not.

Jonah Hill takes his trio of minions Slater (Max Records) , Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) & my personal favorite, Blithe (Landry Bender), on a road trip into the City, to buy some 'candy' drugs for his girlfriend (Ari Graynor) & meet her at a party in return for sexual favors. Along the way they meet a host of unique characters, some totally silly like Sam Rockwell's (Moon) really bizarre drug dealer & his weight lifting pals.
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Sitter features Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek) as the hapless Noah Griffiths, a guy who has bumbled along in life for it's entirety thus far. In order to allow his long-suffering mum (mom) a night out he agrees to babysit her friends children, the neurotic & nootropically-dosed Slater, the pyromaniacal, Puerto-Rican adoptee Rodrigo & the celebrity-culture obsessed girl Blythe. Unfortunately, the only thing Noah really wants to do is see his abusive girlfriend at a party so he takes the kids along on his pre-party errands and then to a Brooklyn house-party, naturally. But will Noah ever get things to align so easily?

Firstly, spoilers probably follow. If you want to see this film, then stop reading but be warned, it's awful.

This film is one of those where you saw all the best bits in the trailer, the cover isn't even from an actual scene in the movie and all of the promotional posters & ad-banners seem to imply that Hill is some kind of serial babysitter with issues. He isn't. He is doing this favour one-time, so please don't be misled.

The brilliant Sam Rockwell (Moon) plays a hyperbolic coke-dealer, Karl, who has some serious trust issues and is surrounded by heavily-muscled & scantily-clad men the entire time. Also, the coke is sold in dinosaur eggs. Noah gets himself in a jam with the dealer who then plays the bad-guy character chasing them around town the entire time. It's cliché but the film doesn't work without this hackneyed plot-mechanism.
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