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The Sitter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
on 9 June 2014
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
on 6 May 2014
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 July 2013
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. While Jonah Hill's priceless reactions to the situations is great in places. A big part of the enjoyment comes from what made the original AIB so enjoyable & this manages to recreate perfectly in it's own style. The development of the characters over the course of the evening, in that they all have some kind of flaw within themselves, that this crazy night seems to iron out & that by the end of the evening they all have this great connection as a result, which we are secretly in on.

In conclusion, The Sitter manages to turn a teen rated predictable story into an enjoyable adult remake using Jonah Hill's comedy talents & his quirky little minions bizarre attitudes. Contains strong language, adult themes & violence. Recommended.
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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. Otherwise Noah would be able to complete his errands with ease and that would make for an even-more boring film.

The plot is so confused it feels like it was written by one of the starring children, threads are opened and left unaddressed. A lot of scenes happen purely for the sake of filler and play no part in the story whatsoever (the restaurant, the fund-raiser, the party) with only a passing mention later on. This padding is extremely noticeable when the entire duration is only 81 minutes including the credits...

Later, Noah spends 30 seconds with a gang in a bar and then they follow him to protect him (unbeknownst to Noah) and are willing to commit homicide for him, despite meeting him all of 3 minutes earlier. Noah's attempt at giving some sort of moral guidance to the kids is truly cringe-worthy. The only time I actually laughed was the scene with the cops and that's about 30 seconds in duration.

Extra content: An unrated cut of the film (it's 6 minutes longer, still shy of 90 minutes including credits!!) Deleted & Extended scenes, 3 featurettes "For Your Consideration with Blythe", "The Making of The Sitter", "Jonah the Producer", the usual gag reel, and a digital copy of the film.

All in all, if you are a die-hard Jonah Hill fan then worth a watch, otherwise I can't honestly recommend spending your money on this dross.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So Jonah Hill is a babysitter.

Thats the premise of the film, and somebody bought that idea.

It's basically a very very lose homage to 'Adventures in Babysitting' or 'A Night On The Town' depending where you live.

Hill is babysitting three children all with issues, and his girlfriend asks him to get him some 'powder' and in return, she will make him a man.

He meets Sam Rockwell, one of the kids steals some more 'powder' and hilarity ensues.

It's good that Hill is a good screen presence as he really saves the movie from being completely over the top and mediocre.

His character is likable enough for you to actually care about his situation, and the children are kooky enough to provide a few laughs.

The only real problem is with Rockwells villain, who like the majority of villains in comedies has a weird trait. His is making best friends and putting them in a list. It's not funny and gets annoying very quickly.

All in all it's diverting, and doesn't out stay it's welcome being just shy of 80 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2014
This is a puerile, largely unfunny comedy. One or two lines stand out as immediately quotable and laugh out loud, but overall it's laboured, messy and childish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
Definitely not one of Jonah Hill's better movies! Mildly amusing but plot-line is weak and the laughs are way to obvious to be funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2014
I think Jonah Hill is one of the best and funny actors around just now. However this movie is mediocre at best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
It made us laugh! Some great lines & Jonah Hill plays that character well! The youngest child is very good too!
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