The Sitter

Jonah Hill  Actor Sam Rockwell  Actor Ari Graynor  Actor Max Records  Actor Landry Bender  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Profanity,Sexual Situations,Drug Content

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The Sitter

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 12 09 (USA)

UPC: 024543737445

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Drug Content]

Summary: A college dropout becomes a babysitter to make some quick cash, and takes his three young charges on an epic urban adventure in this comedy from director David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express). Noah (Jonah Hill) isn't a babysitter, but he'll do just about anything for a little extra cash in his wallet. Shortly after he's hired to look after three young children, though, Noah gets a call from his girlfriend promising sex in exchange for drugs. Desperate and horny, the irresponsible sitter packs his unsuspecting wards into the car and heads for the seedy part of town. Before Noah can think twice the whole night has gone to hell, and he's on the run from a pair of murderous drug dealers (Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove) with no qualms about shooting at small targets. Ari Graynor, Max Records, and Method Man co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Features: cc

Gag Reel
Sits-N-Giggles
Jonah the Producer

The Sitter

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/20/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DS Dolby Surround (4.0)

Runtime: 81 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,French

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Sitter
1. Scene 1 [4:20]
2. Scene 2 [1:42]
3. Scene 3 [1:06]
4. Scene 4 [1:55]
5. Scene 5 [2:02]
6. Scene 6 [1:32]
7. Scene 7 [3:06]
8. Scene 8 [:13]
9. Scene 9 [3:41]
10. Scene 10 [:05]
11. Scene 11 [2:17]
12. Scene 12 [:28]
13. Scene 13 [3:39]
14. Scene 14 [3:37]
15. Scene 15 [3:02]
16. Scene 16 [:23]
17. Scene 17 [1:00]
18. Scene 18 [1:15]
19. Scene 19 [1:22]
20. Scene 20 [1:18]
21. Scene 21 [:43]
22. Scene 22 [:08]
23. Scene 23 [2:31]
24. Scene 24 [2:36]
1. Scene 1 [4:20]
2. Scene 2 [1:42]
3. Scene 3 [1:06]
4. Scene 4 [1:55]
5. Scene 5 [2:02]
6. Scene 6 [1:32]
7. Scene 7 [3:06]
8. Scene 8 [:13]
9. Scene 9 [3:41]
10. Scene 10 [:05]
11. Scene 11 [2:17]
12. Scene 12 [:28]
13. Scene 13 [3:39]
14. Scene 14 [3:37]
15. Scene 15 [3:02]
16. Scene 16 [:23]
17. Scene 17 [1:00]
18. Scene 18 [1:15]
19. Scene 19 [1:22]
20. Scene 20 [1:18]
21. Scene 21 [:43]
22. Scene 22 [:08]
23. Scene 23 [2:31]
24. Scene 24 [2:36]

Perry Seibert

There are great songwriters who come up with the melody first, then fill in the meter with nonsense words until they get around to finishing the song. David Gordon Green's The Sitter feels like the first draft of a movie in which the filmmakers sketched out the order of the scenes, but never bothered to go back and fill in dialogue or character development.

Jonah Hill stars as Noah Griffith, a twentysomething slacker who can't even get Marisa (Ari Graynor), the woman he's lusting after, to respond to his sexual advances. He lives with his divorced mom, who is frustrated one night when her promising date nearly falls through after another couple's babysitter cancels. Noah is guilt-tripped into taking on the responsibility himself, but the kids turn out to be a handful. His charges include deeply closeted 13-year-old Slater (Max Records), seven-year-old Kardashian wannabe Blithe (Landry Bender), and firecracker-wielding hellion Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez). When Marisa calls Noah and promises to sleep with him if he brings her cocaine, the irresponsible sitter loads the kids up into the car and drives them into the city. Along the way, the foursome must deal with a psychotic drug dealer (Sam Rockwell), car thieves, and Noah's absent father.

Remaking Adventures in Babysitting as a hard-R-rated comedy isn't a terrible idea on its face, but the feeble script by first-time movie scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka is so abysmally underdeveloped that the movie annoys us exactly for what it is, not because it's a pale retread of an old favorite. On top of that, the movie doesn't go nearly far enough to offend or unsettle us. If they aren't going to bother to construct jokes, they should at least try to shock us into laughing.

Not one of the poorly constructed scenes builds to a laugh; every exchange just peters out with poorly improvised dialogue. Aside from the most-basic lip service paid to the characters needing to grow up, none of the four survives a situation where they get to build up the self-esteem we're supposed to believe they possess by the end of their big night. The movie just limps along with pedestrian direction from Green that has none of the spark of either his early indie successes like All the Real Girls or his studio comedies like Pineapple Express.

There is one respite from all the laziness: a first-rate conversation between Noah and Slater when the latter starts to come to terms with his homosexuality. It's a tender, well-acted moment that comes just about halfway through the movie. It's so good, and so unlike everything else that came before it, you begin to expect something from the back half of the film, but those hopes are quickly dashed.

Released without being shown to critics ahead of time, The Sitter will probably disappear without doing too much damage to the reputations of anyone involved. The only ones who will be injured are the people who pay to see it. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Donald J. Lee, Jr.  Executive Producer 
Michael De Luca  Producer 
David Gordon Green  Director 
Lisa Muskat  Executive Producer 
David Wingo  Composer (Music Score) 
Jonah Hill  Executive Producer 
Jeff McIlwain  Composer (Music Score) 
Josh Bratman  Executive Producer 
Brian Gatewood  Screenwriter 
Alessandro Tanaka  Screenwriter 
Jonah Hill  Actor 
Sam Rockwell  Actor 
Ari Graynor  Actor 
Max Records  Actor 
Landry Bender  Actor 
Kevin Hernandez  Actor 
J.B. Smoove  Actor 
Method Man  Actor 

Country: USA