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Sitter, The (Blu-ray Review)

17 Mar, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 3/20/12
Box Office $30.44 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence.
Stars Jonah Hill, J.B. Smoove, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell.

Take 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting, add some drugs and a whole lot of profanity, and what do you get? The Sitter, starring a still-husky but hilarious Jonah Hill as Noah Griffith.

With a DUI on his record and a slacker attitude, the suspended college student’s far from the person you would entrust to care for your children. But when the neighbors’ babysitter falls through on the night of a big event that they and Noah’s mother had planned to attend, Noah reluctantly does the favor so his single mom can mingle for once.

Seconds after Mr. and Mrs. Pedulla leave for their night out, the family’s three kids show their true colors. Blithe (played by a scene-stealing Landry Bender) is a celebutante in the making, complete with caked-on makeup and the Paris Hilton-esque vernacular. Slater (Max Records) is an overly sensitive kid who relies on pills to ease his anxiety. And Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez) is the adopted brother who uses his troubled past as an excuse to act out. Noah immediately lets them know who’s boss, but that doesn’t stop the youngsters from running wild.

More stress is added when Noah’s manipulative, party girl “girlfriend” Marisa (Ari Graynor) begs the eager-to-please guy to buy some cocaine from her eccentric dealer, Karl (Sam Rockwell). Of course, a quick stop in the big city becomes a complete disaster when the drugs are misplaced, thus sending Noah and the three little terrors on a frantic race to get the dealer his money back by midnight.

Although Noah wants to strangle the brats (as do the viewers), the four end up learning some important, heartening lessons along the way. The Sitter is a funny, enjoyable film with memorable moments and an awesome supporting cast (including rapper Method Man and comedian J.B. Smoove).

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