Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting




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Teenager Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) would rather party with her boyfriend, but when her beau breaks their date she reluctantly accepts a babysitting job. It isn't all TV and icebox-raiding when Chris' best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls her to announce that she's stranded at the bus station. With her youthful charges in tow (one of whom, 15-year-old Brad (Keith Coogan), has a hopeless crush on the babysitter), Chris heads into downtown Chicago to go to Brenda's rescue. Thus begins … 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


as Chris Parker

as Sara Anderson

as Brad Anderson

as Daryl Coopersmith

as Joe Gipp

as John Pruitt

as Mike Tedwell

as Blues Club Performer

as Graydon

as Mr. Anderson

as College girl at frat...

as Old Man

as Teenage Runaway

as Janitor #2

as Adulterer

as Maitre D

as Drunk at Party

as Black Gang Leader

as Dr. Nuhkbane

as Chicano Leader

as Bag Lady

as Mrs. Anderson

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
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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

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