The Sitter (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sitter (2011)



Critic Consensus: With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and formula performance from Jonah Hill, The Sitter adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green.

Movie Info

When the world's most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world's worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it's anyone's guess who's going to make it home in one piece. The Sitter is a new level of twisted and debauched hilarity from the director of Pineapple Express, starring Jonah Hill. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2012
Box Office: $30.2M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Jonah Hill
as Noah Griffith
Ari Graynor
as Marisa Lewis
JB Smoove
as Julio
Erin Daniels
as Mrs. Pedulla
D.W. Moffett
as Dr. Pedulla
Jessica Hecht
as Sandy Griffith
Bruce Altman
as Jim Griffith
Method Man
as Jacolby
Alex Wolff
as Clayton
Jack Krizmanich
as Ricky Fontaine
Grace Aronds
as Twin #1
Jane Aronds
as Twin #2
Alysia Joy Powell
as Kid City Employee
Ernie Anastos
as News Anchor
Dari Alexander Willi...
as News Broadcaster #2
Sammuel Soifer
as Benji Gillespie
Trevor Zhou
as Asian Fish Monger
Wendy Hoopes
as Bethany
Ethan Davis
as Ashton Griffith
Reggie A. Green
as Soul Baby
Nick Sandow
as Officer Frank
Nicky Katt
as Officer Petite
Eddie Rouse
as Lounge Singer
Henry Kwan
as Asian Man #1
Michael G. Chin
as Asian Man #2
Gracie Bea Lawrence
as Wendy Sapperstein
Jackie Hoffman
as Mrs. Sapperstein
Peg Stegmeyer
as Piano Player
Jonathan Forte
as Guy on Subway Platfo...
Mark Moynahan
as Dr. Stevens
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Critic Reviews for The Sitter

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

A noisy, unfocused, frequently annoying and intermittently offensive slapstick misfire.

Full Review… | January 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The Sitter is mediocrity at its finest; too boring to hate and too forgettable to get angry about. Save your money and rewatch Uncle Buck instead.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

Anyone expecting The Sitter to be an especially memorable trip to the theater may just want to give their own babysitter the night off and stay home with the kids.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The Sitter is a mess because of a lot of things, but most of the blame should be focused on a lazy script that could have been written in a single afternoon.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

An interesting example of the trailer being better than the film, not because it gave away all the good scenes, but because the scenes are only funny in a vacuum.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

The Sitter is a pretty funny, absurdist 'worst babysitter ever' story that gives glimpses of serious commentary disguised by dick jokes and the David Gordon Green Pineapple Express & Your Highness ethos - without ever surpassing it's predecessors.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Sitter


The Sitter is a pretty bad comedy that just doesn't stand out. The way that the film is executed is using clichés and predictable storytelling. The film could really have been something funny and memorable, but it just fails in terms of effective comedic bits. Usually Jonah Hill is quite good, but here he's wasted on such a poorly made film. The film is nothing new and in terms of comedy, lacks anything that is truly funny. I didn't laugh one bit throughout the film, and I thought it was a poor attempt at comedy, and it failed to really entertain. If you're going to want a good comedy, you'll be disappointed by this film. Jonah Hill is wasted here, and he has made far better comedies than this. The film's biggest problem is that it relies on recycled ideas, and it waters down the jokes to a point where they're simply not funny. I was hoping that this was one of those underrated comedies, but it was not to be. This scraps the bottom of the barrel of screenwriting, and it's a film that's not worth investing your time in. Another thing I hated about the film was the fact that Sam Rockwell, who is one of my favorite actors, is also wasted here, and I wonder why he even accepted a role in such a pointless film. At least both Hill and Rockwell have standout filmographies, as this one is just a film that's forgettable among countless other great films that they have made. The Sitter is a poor comedy that just doesn't make you laugh, and it relies way too much on poorly constructed material that makes this film fail. Considering some of the talent involved, you'd expect this one to be mildly amusing, but it just is a train wreck that is not worth seeing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An update on Adventures in Babysitting for a new generation, and no less watchable.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Gets off to a promising start, but ultimately gets less funny as it goes along. I really liked the little girl character - she is hilarious. The El Salvador boy is a little stereotyped as is the gay roller skater. Not bad light entertainment, but Superbad is a similar type of movie which did this better.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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