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Plot: Noah, is not your typical entertain-the-kids-no-matter-how-boring-it-is kind of sitter. He's reluctant to take a sitting gig; he'd rather, well, be doing anything else, especially if it involves slacking. When Noah is watching the neighbor's kid he gets a booty call from his girlfriend in the city. To hook up with her, Noah takes to the streets, but his urban adventure spins out of control as he finds himself on the run from a maniacal drug lord. Runtime: 81 mins Release Date: 08 Dec 2011
first of all a lot of people need to lighten up and look at this movie for what it is: a feel good, hilarious, quirky movie. Jonah is always extremely funny and I laughed so much during this movie, and I loved how it had little moral stories hidden inside!Yes this movie isn't a work of art, or anything special, but seriously, who cares? it's GREAT entertainment and makes you laugh, smile, cry, feel great, so just enjoy it!I guess the term 'haters gonna hate' always applies, however I found this movie exceptional and loved every bit of it. The kids made the movie a whole lot <more>
Comedian Jonah Hill usually plays a goof-off in a group of guys. He appeared in director Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" as well as "Funny People." Although Hill took top billing in "Superbad," Michael Cera attracted the lion's share of attention in that Judd Apatow produced teen comedy. Hill shared the screen with Russell Brand in another Judd Apatow produced laffer "Get Him to the Greek," but Brand dominated that comedy with his hopelessly eccentric persona. Now, in "Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Greene's "The <more>
Sitter," Jonah Hill plays top dog. Not only does he star as the protagonist, but he also is the butt of most of the humorous jokes. Anybody who has seen the wonderful Christopher Columbus comedy "Adventures in Babysitting" 1987 might notice the palatable resemblance between "The Sitter" and the former film. Freshman scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka must have seen "Adventures in Babysitting," too, because Gordon's film involves a similar sequence of events. Circumstances compel our reluctant hero to serve as a babysitter. Later, he finds himself caught up in an impossible predicament. Meaning, our hero must break rule number one of babysitting and leave the house. He must also break rule number two and take the children with him. Next, he breaks rule number three; he endangers their lives when he takes them in harm's way. The pay-off is that the kids learn some of life's harsh truths and experience a change in attitude about themselves. In fact, everybody, including the hero, learn something about themselves that they didn't know. The resemblance between the Chris Columbus movie and David Gordon Greene's movie ends at this point. "Adventures in Babysitting" qualified a mild PG-13 that skirted an R-rating, but kids and adults both can enjoy it. On the contrary, "The Sitter" deserves its R-rating for all of its profanity, sexuality, and intense situations. "The Sitter" is about the madcap misadventures of Noah Griffith Jonah Hill of "Accepted" , a college drop-out slacker living at home with his single mom. Noah is such a pathetic character that he doesn't own a car and has to pedal around on his bicycle to visit his whiny girlfriend Marisa Lewis Ari Graynor of "Mystic River" who is on the rebound. Our selfish hero winds up helping out his mother, Sandy Griffith Jessica Hecht of "Sideways" , when he agrees to babysit three children for her. It seems that Sandy's dear friend Mrs. Pedulla Erin Daniels of "One Hour Photo" has arranged a dinner date for her so Sandy can meet a bachelor surgeon. The backstory is that Noah's estranged father, Jim Griffith Bruce Altman of "Matchstick Men" , who is a wealthy diamond salesman, divorced Sandy and wrangled a legal way out of paying her alimony. In fact, Jim left Sandy because he was cheating on her with the girl who he hired to babysit Noah. Now, Sandy has a shot at finding a husband, but there is a catch. When Mrs. Padilla's regular babysitter contracts a urinary tract infection and cannot watch the kids, it looks like Pedullas will have to cancel the dinner date. Initially, Sandy tries to persuade Noah to substitute for the regular babysitter, but Noah objects. He argues that he is a grown man and grown men do not babysit. Noah realizes, however, that he is being self-centered and depriving his single mom of a chance to find happiness. The wild and chaotic evening which ensues is one of the most traumatic in Noah's life. Everything looks pretty simple until he encounters the Pedulla kids. First, 9-year-old Blithe newcomer Landry Bender wants to grow up to become a media 'celebutante ' like either Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. She copious amounts of make-up. Second, Blithe's 13-year old brother Slater Max Records of "Where the Wild Things Are" suffers from a sexual identity crisis. As a result, his psychiatrist keeps him heavily medicated. What Max refuses to recognize is he is a latent gay tendencies. The Pedulla's third child is an El Salvadoran refugee, Rodrigo newcomer Kevin Hernandez with an anger management problem. Whereas Slater is mild-manner and repressed, Rodrigo is a full-tilt anus who loves to toy with explosives. Rodrigo's favorite pastime is tossing cherry bombs into toilets. Rodrigo isn't happy because he keeps getting foisted off on one foster home after another because of his destructive antics.No sooner have the Pedullas and Noah's mom embarked on their dinner date than Marisa phones Noah. She informs him she is finally prepared to have sex with him if he can score some coke for a friend. Impulsively, Noah throws caution to the wind. He piles the Pedulla children into their mini-van and cruises into New York City with them to buy cocaine from a psychotic dealer, Karl Sam Rockwell of "Cowboys and Aliens" , who surrounds himself with muscle-bound bodybuilders. Rodrigo purloins one of Karl's prized dinosaur eggs packed with $10-thousand worth of coke. When Rodrigo and Noah tangle in a tug of war over the egg, they crack it and coke covers Noah's face. Later, a group of African-American gangstas steal the Pedullas' mini-van that Noah commandeered for their Manhattan melodrama. Now, Karl wants to ice Noah if our hero doesn't pay for the cocaine, and Noah still wants to hook-up with Maria. Essentially, "The Sitter" is a fish-out-of-water epic where characters find themselves off their home turf at the mercy of merciless minions. Everything that can go wrong for Noah does go wrong. Miraculously, he manages to keep his bacon from getting fried, but in the process winds up running an incredibly hilarious gauntlet. The dialogue is as memorable as the diverse characters are crazy. Mind you, this is neither the kind of movie that you should take a child to see nor is it the kind you should watch if you like to sympathize with the protagonist. Aside from our hero's mother and one of Noah's college friends, virtually every character in "The Sitter" is fairly obnoxious.
A near-perfect end of the year Comedy (by PoisonKeyblade)
Hilarious from start to finish, The Sitter injected a much-needed R-rated comedy boost to the draggy awards season of December. Jonah Hill delivers another funny performance, but the real surprise for me was the shocking pro-gay message featuring one of the first kid-related gay story lines in a mainstream film. Max Records, the awesomely talented kid from Where the Wild Things Are, has no problem with the content and easily delivers a calculated performance. I guess I was so surprised because gay content is rarely dealt with so carefully in a Hollywood film marketed toward young adults, and <more>
I have to say I was really impressed. The kids make the movie all the better, and each of them is given a relatively well-developed backstory. The movie never sputters out, running at a perfect pace and hitting all the right punches. Even Sam Rockwell is awesome as a crazy could-be-gay drug dealer who chases the sitter and the children all across town. The Sitter is a movie I'd easily recommend and another fun treat from director David Gordon Green.
This is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in the last 12 months. It was like a road movie, where the characters all shift a great deal & end up in completely different places than they started. I thought Jonah really managed to carry off this character - I found him authentic, non judgemental and very sweet in a really positive way. It was as if the main characters had therapy during this one night & came out having sorted some issues out. Some bits were cringeworthy - oh my god you don't do that with kids - but it was OK, everyone survived. It was very well observed <more>
- there was lots of truth in it, like the abusive girlfriend who is taking the mick because she can. The rich kids who are actually not that well looked after, and it takes a kind human with no hidden agendas to help them see what's happening. Lots of bonding and loyalty which is always heart warming. Amusing nutters. Really, what else does one want from a film?
Despite being a comedy movie with a lot of chaos as practically everything goes wrong when Noah Griffith takes the kids he's babysitting on a road trip to get some drugs for his 'girlfriend' this movie shows a lot of character growth and has a very good 'moral' behind it.For instance, Noah tells Slater of how he has realised that Slater doesn't have any big problems and that he is actually gay. Noah helps Slater a lot in his acceptance of his sexuality by telling him how in college no one will care and how it is perfectly okay to be gay. Also Noah realises that his hot <more>
girlfriend is just using him and doesn't have any actual feelings for him and ditches her for a nicer girl from his old astronomy class who admits to have been too shy to talk to him at school. Finally Slater confronts Rodrigo about how scary he can be which helps Rodrigo to open up more to his new family meaning they can all get along better.So no this movie is not as bad as people are making it out to be, it is actually a very funny movie with a very good ending.
I liked it, don't quite understand why it has been universally panned (by Yesh4)
Contrived? Oh yes. Predictable? Very. Outrageously fun with a good heart to the characters? YESBefore watching it I saw that 99% of critics and viewers by the looks of it hated this movie with a passion. They complained it was "predictable" and "unfunny". Well, so what if it was predictable? Most movies are, answer me this how many movies have you seen where you were genuinely surprised at the ending. So naturally, my expectations were lowered. But I thought the acting by the children was really good and Jonah Hill was as funny as usual. Also, it dealt with a prevalent <more>
issue in many kids' lives, coming out as gay. It dealt with this in a respectful and not overly-sentimental way.Basically this movie is not trying to bag an Oscar and it is not high- art melodrama stuff and it's not even close to being one of my favourite films. So watch it if you like a good,rowdy comedy.
It's funny. It's hip. It's current. An 8 year old girl obsessed with being a celebrity funny. An adopted pyromaniac funny. A babysitter taking them along to get cocaine funny. It's not a laugh out loud all the time movie, more of a chuckle and want to see what's next, but that's cool. Oh, and it has a team of gay rollerskating HGTV guys. FUNNY. We all know Jonah hill is good. The other actors are good enough, the little girl is great. It even has method man, yes method man. He doesn't have a large part but that's OK. It isn't slow, it moves nicely <more>
from scene to scene. If you like dirty humor and silly situations, go for it. It's 3 out of 4 stars. 8 out of 10.
The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com (by Tss5078)
Jonah Hill is one of the funniest and most underrated comedic actors in all of Hollywood. I am not a huge fan of comedies, in fact, most of the films people consider to be the funniest movies of all time, I didn't like. Hill's films are one of the exceptions. I have to see every movie he is in because he is truly hysterical and makes everything he is in exceptional. The sitter didn't have a very strong plot, but it was a hysterical movie that worked because of Hill. Everyone around him just follows his lead and plays off his energy and it was evident here. Hill along with three <more>
kids he's babysitting go on an unbelievable and hysterical adventure in NYC. It's one of those films you don't believe and that initial comes across as stupid, but it's also a film you can't stop watching because you want to see what happens next. Hill was fantastic, the three kids were great, and for once I actually enjoyed a comedy with Sam Rockwell in it. This film isn't going to change any lives or win any awards, but it was damn good and a lot of fun, I highly recommend it.