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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting




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After reluctantly accepting a baby-sitting job, a teenager gets a call from her best friend who is stranded in downtown Chicago. With her charges in tow, she heads downtown to rescue her friend, setting herself and the children up for many comic mishaps, perils and hairbreadth escapes.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: David Simkins, Chris Columbus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
Touchstone Pictures


Elisabeth Shue
as Chris Parker
Maia Brewton
as Sara Anderson
Keith Coogan
as Brad Anderson
Anthony Rapp
as Daryl Coopersmith
Calvin Levels
as Joe Gipp
John Ford Noonan
as John Pruitt
Bradley Whitford
as Mike Tedwell
Albert Collins
as Blues Club Performer
Ron Canada
as Graydon
Dan Ziskie
as Mr. Anderson
Lolita Davidovich
as College girl at frat...
John Dee
as Old Man
Monica Devereux
as Teenage Runaway
Rummy Bishop
as Janitor #2
Rick Goldman
as Adulterer
Deryck Hazel
as Maitre D
Clark Johnson
as Black Gang Leader
Sam Moses
as Dr. Nuhkbane
Juan Ramírez
as Chicano Leader
Sandi Ross
as Bag Lady
Linda Sorenson
as Mrs. Anderson
Walt Woodson
as Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for Adventures in Babysitting

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Chris sets off on a rescue mission, and ends up running the gauntlet of big city perils in a belaboured spinning-out of a weak storyline.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

By the end of the film, I'd had a couple of real laughs and a few interesting moments, but that was about all.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A sweet-natured, adolescent variation on the big-city black comedy After Hours.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Easy-to-take effort that primarily benefits from a charming performance by Elisabeth Shue.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

Like "Home Alone," "Adventures in Babysitting" is a lightweight comic adventure, but it's effective in what it sets out to do . . . and that's entertain.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
Movie Metropolis

The light tone, classical style, and Shue as Sandra Dee stand-in are more indicative of a cinematic mindset from approximately 25 years earlier.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Adventures in Babysitting


A rather silly yet mildly enjoyable comedy that belongs in the '80s with its cheesy, dated jokes and inane sense of humor (as when someone calls another a homo as a slur), and today it won't be seen as more than an ordinary pastime that can still offer a few laughs.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Adventures in Babysitting" is honestly one of the cheesiest films that I have ever seen. As a seventeen year old is stood up by her boyfriend, she is subdued to babysit for a little girl. This quickly turns into having to babysit her brother and his friend. I do not have much to say about this movie. It is fun for the first half hour, that is when you know what you're in for and you wait to see something hilarious happen. Truthfully, I was very let down, seeing as the film kept it's slow pace throughout, and I felt no real tension when they were intending it. Overall, it's written for little kids even though there is far too much adult references for kids to see, the director seems like he had a lot of fun making it, which is not necessarily a good thing, the one-liners are almost dreadful, and the situations made me role my eyes so much that I got bored. Also, it is about 20 minutes too long and could have had a much wittier writer. But it's harmless and I guess I liked it a little bit.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Funny movie about a girl whose boyfriend cancels their date. She agrees to babysit some kids but has to leave the house to rescue her friend who has run away. They get into all sorts of trouble,

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Adventures in Babysitting Quotes

Gang Member: Don't F@*# with the lords from Hell!
Chris Parker: Don't F@*# with the babysitter!
– Submitted by Eric K (4 years ago)
Blues Club Performer: Ain't nobody leaves here without singing the blues.
– Submitted by Steve R (4 years ago)

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