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The Babysitters (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 18

Though built on an audacious and controversial premise, Babysitters teeters between exploitation and grossness due to uneven execution.

31

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

Though built on an audacious and controversial premise, Babysitters teeters between exploitation and grossness due to uneven execution.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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A bored suburban husband finds his affair with a high-school babysitter fast snowballing out of control in this black comedy from first-time screenwriter/director David Ross. Shirley (Katherine Waterston) is a brainy honors student who is always thinking about the future, and works part-time as a babysitter in order to save up for college. Among Shirley's regular charges are spirited youngsters Adam and Mikey, the offspring of respected father Michael (John Leguizamo) and his pretty wife, Gail

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Drama, Comedy

David Ross

Sep 16, 2008

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It's bad enough that writer-director David Ross indulges in the very perverse kind of Lolita-tinged titillation the film pretends to lament, but then he ties everything up with an oh-well shrug.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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Until it crosses a shadowy line dividing serious comedy from distasteful exploitation, The Babysitters has the makings of an incisive satire of greed and lust in suburbia.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The script has a stale air, like something that was doing the rounds for a long time before David Ross found backers to make a film out of it.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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It reads like a Cinemax special event, and as good as Leguizamo and Waterston (daughter of Sam) are, the skeevy, fantasy-fulfillment plot that drives David Ross' movie is uncomfortably risky business.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A pathetic excuse to trot out a procession of teenage girls in the raw, performing graphic simulated sex acts with your basic suburban family man drooling all over himself.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Their customers are awkward enough that we're able to believe the girls are in control, or at least aware that they're the highlight of the men's week.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

David Ross's stylishly tawdry black comedy fits neatly between Heathers and American Beauty. The Babysitters Club this ain't.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

You can see the potential in this off-kilter coming-of-age story, and it's a pity it never quite adds up.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Is Ross trying to mimic Michael Haneke, daring his audience to be disgusted by the very titillating premise which probably brought them to the movie in the first place?

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

confused

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Like the pilot for an awful, misguided joint venture between FX and the CW.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

There's little real wit here and, as far as teen-chick antics go, it's definitely no Heathers or Clueless, not even Cruel Intentions.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

By undermining the subtle feminism of his movie, [director] Ross ends up undermining the whole thing, culminating in a terrifying parking-lot scene that doesn't quite make sense.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Audience Reviews for The Babysitters

Cute girls but Very disappointing. 3 stars
May 30, 2011
bbcfloridabound
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Such a weird, dirty movie.

There isn't really an ending to it; the movie just kind of....ends. Like the director said "okay guys, that's good enough. Let's just stop here." So many unanswered questions and plot holes.

The characters are all pretty unlikable. Shirley's character evolved from a sweet innocent adolescent into a slutty greedy bitch towards the end. The whole movie didn't really have a point. A bunch of girls babysit kids then afterwards screw the fathers and get paid extra for it. There's no dilemma here. The movie focuses mainly on the affairs, and not on anything else. So we never know how the father's family react to the affair (if they even ever found out), we never know if Shirley made enough money for college or whatever, and we don't know if any of the father's ever got caught or not. It's just teenagers sexing up middle aged men. It's kind of disturbing and gross. It's a stupid movie really. Nothing happens. You walk away going "Whaaaaaat theeee fuuuuckkkk did I just watch?"

Yeah, dumb movie for sure. I only watched it FTR because I was sick and I had a Netflix marathon. I watched every single movie on my queue. It was awesome....except for this movie. This movie was not awesome.
May 16, 2011
Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

Quite an average film in the end, more of a drama. One for the trailer made it look a lot better category that's for sure.
October 16, 2010
Deano78

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Initially I thought this was going to be a tawdry attempt to recapture the genius of "Heathers." It was not. It was also not, as some might assume, a "skin flick." If you are looking for that there is very little here so look elsewhere.
Mid-life crisis meets teenage angst.
Here the teens are searching for a way to express themselves as well as turn a profit and the middle-aged men are portrayed as, well...quite pathetic.
The story takes some very interesting turns as the plotline begins with our 'protagonist,' Shirley and her crush on the Father (John Leguizamo) on one of her babysitting jobs.
Their tryst turns into much more as Shirley's OCD sharpened mind organizes a scheme breaking all the socially acceptable mores set in sexually repressed suburbia. Supply and demand meets moral turpitude.
There are more than a few surprises and the performances are quite good. In addition, the tone set by direction and cinematography lend itself to realism as we are both drawn in and repulsed by what is happening.
This is a sharply written commentary and one that you should watch if you get the chance.
June 1, 2009
Camus123

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