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Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)


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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


Comedy, Kids & Family

Jan 18, 2000

Touchstone Pictures

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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sweet-natured, adolescent variation on the big-city black comedy After Hours.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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By the end of the film, I'd had a couple of real laughs and a few interesting moments, but that was about all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Easy-to-take effort that primarily benefits from a charming performance by Elisabeth Shue.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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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.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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The light tone, classical style, and Shue as Sandra Dee stand-in are more indicative of a cinematic mindset from approximately 25 years earlier.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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Seemed fun at the time, in '87, but dates badly. Still, kids might like it.

March 2, 2008

A comedy classic unlikely to ever age

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

Surprisingly sprightly, entertaining, sweet-natured comedy.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly sweet and funny!

April 3, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Fun for kids, maybe. Sheer drudgery for anyone beyond a Jr. High School reading comprehension level.

March 19, 2003

Aw, c'mon, who can't like a movie that has The Mighty Thor as a major component?

December 18, 2002

So much fun it might make babysitting a real career choice.

August 25, 2002
Chico Enterprise-Record

A fluffy but extremely lovable teen fantasy that folks of a certain age will remember with great fondness.

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

"After Hours" - lite ... and it works!

July 26, 2002

This is really just innocent material with a tendency to flout basic guidelines and stray from the perimeters of believability.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Adventures in Babysitting

"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.
March 27, 2012
KJ Proulx

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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,
January 22, 2012
T Tsang

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This is a real fun and entertaining look at how what should have been a nice quiet ordinary night of babysitting turns into a madcap romp where everything that could go wrong, does.

I'm kinda all over the map with 80s pop culture. I've got a love/hate relatiosnhip with it. I saw this when i was a kid though, and it has stuck with me for some odd reason. Maybe it's because, depsite beign a farce, it's really fun, and it's got characters athat are hard not to like.

Elizabeth Shue does a great job as the girl who would rather party than babysit, but when she suddenly becomes single again, she finds herself with nothing better to do than watch some kids. It's not wahrt she wants, but hey, she'll get money out of it.

From there things spiral out of control into a journey all across Chicago featuring all kinds of odd characters as our lead sets out to protect the kids and maybe even indulge in a bit of self discovery.

Though not a masterpiece, this is a hard film to dislike. It's fun, zany, and a fair way to kill some time.
August 28, 2011
Chris Weber

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Adventures In Babysitting is for me one of Chris Columbus best films. After her friend gets stranded, babysitter Chris Parker must come to her rescue and brings along the kids she's babysitting along for the ride. And it's quite a ride. Whats supposed to be a routine pick up, turns out to be a much bigger problem. Chris and the kids she's babysitting encounter a creepy looking tow truck driver, a group of car thieves and a group of Blues musicians in a bar. Adventures in babysitting is a well made comedy with a good cast of actoir that are very funny in the roles they play. The story is fun, and original and Chris Columbus has pulled out one of his best films. Adventures in babysitting is is a classic and is fun for the whole family. The film has many memorable bits and really its a fun film to watch. The characters are funny especially Daryl.Adventures in Babysitting is a great film to watch and like the title implies is an adventure. The film is constantly entertaining with little boring parts. You are constantly amused as the characters struggle to get home without their parents finding out about what really happened. Adventures in babysitting is one of the finest comedies of the 80's Definitely a film worth checking out and guaranteed to make you laugh a few times. The cast are brilliant and Chris Columbus delivered a well crafted and memorable film.
May 27, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Gang Member: Don't F@*# with the lords from Hell!
    2. Chris Parker: Don't F@*# with the babysitter!
    – Submitted by Eric K (2 years ago)
    1. Blues Club Performer: Ain't nobody leaves here without singing the blues.
    – Submitted by Steve R (2 years ago)
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