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½ July 23, 2017
Perhaps the only part of the movie that still really holds up is how the youngest in the group, Sara, is an obsessed fan of Marvel's Thor-not princesses or pop divas, but a geeky superhero. But the porno mag objet a? the homophobic slurs? turning the Chicago destitute into a running gag? Movies for kids shouldn't age this poorly.
½ June 17, 2017
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, a sweet-natured, adolescent variation on the big-city black comedy After Hours.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2017
Nothing like a good old fashioned 80s movie that is an adventure without a solid plot. You know a film works when it moves at such a pace while pushing the characters along, slowly bridging the distance between them. A great soundtrack, full of fun characters and an odd sense of fun. The plot creates a lot of over the top set pieces, even involving Thor from the marvel universe. They definitely don't make movies like this anymore and it's a shame. Trusting the film will deliver more than a 3 plot structure is what created my love of cinema, these are the films that pushed my ideas along. Not a classic by any means, just a film with right balance of craziness and character. 10-05-2017.
April 2, 2017
Extremely fun to watch. I love this movie. It is definitely an 80's classic, starring Elizabeth Shue. Very original and awesome. A funny movie.
February 14, 2017
It was cute. Was a pretty fun 80's family movie. The plot was fun and I laughed a few times.
October 17, 2016
This is so shit I like it.
October 13, 2016
A favorite of mine as a kid. It holds up really well.
September 3, 2016
A real adventure in full 80's fashion. It was filmed during a time when homo jokes and rape jokes were acceptable. It's streaming on Netflix and was oddly enjoyable minus the jokes mentioned in the last sentence.
August 8, 2016
Babysitter gets lost with her brood in Chicago in this fun summer comedy.
July 12, 2016
Another 80's movie packed with fun
July 2, 2016
The best John Hughes movie John Hughes had nothing to do with..
June 28, 2016
This is definitely an 80s classic. This is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. This is a movie that just can't be forgotten unlike its remake. This movie gets a A.
June 8, 2016
A cheesy but good hearted 80s action flick. A story about a night babysitting filled with shenanigans and some laughs. Yes its dated but good family fare.
June 3, 2016
Don't fuck with the babysitter!

Chris is babysitting a young man that has a crush on her, his little sister who pretends to be Thor, and the boy's best friend. Unfortunately, her friend is lost in the city with no glasses. She loads the kids in the car and heads into the big city in hopes of rescuing her friend before anything tragic happens to her.

"You wouldn't believe what that girl would do for twenty bucks."

Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone 1 & 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, Step Mom, Nine Months, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rent, Pixels, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightening Thief, delivers Adventures in Babysitting. The storyline for this picture is fun in a 'Don't tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead' kind of way. There is a lot of cheese in here, but the 80s feel is fun to watch unfold.

"You slip me the cash and I'll slip you the weiner."

I found this on HBOGO not too long ago and decided to give it a viewing for the first time in a long time. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, but it is a very average film that has badly aged. I do think this is a must see, but isn't worth adding to the collection.

"Take back what you said about Thor!"

Grade: C+
½ May 20, 2016
Back after a brief reviewing hiatus.
Adventures in Babysitting, the directorial debut of Chris Columbus, is mediocre at best. It's not necessarily bad, but there's a lot of cringeworthy, eye roll worthy bits that make the film have a very corny, outdated, and overdone atmosphere. It's Baby's Day Out with the babysitter and an annoyingly blatant Anthony Michael Hall influenced character.
A teenager babysits three kids for a night but when going out to the big cities of Chicago to pick up her friend, she runs into all kinds of zany trouble, all the while running away from two carjacker empire lords.
The setup of Adventures in Babysitting may have one of the first to do it, but isn't the last to do it. Tons of films have done it better, take another Columbus movie Home Alone - the scenario of kids stumping criminals is a trope of the late 80s and early 90s and when you've seen it once, you've seen it a million times. I think a big issue with Adventures in Babysitting is how it's not funny in when it's supposed to be - these zany setups of when things get gradually worse for the bland, annoying characters lack humor entirely. It has a lot of potential for humor because some of these setups are original and admittedly entertainingly to see evolve - the carjackers, although repetitive for an experienced film watcher, are not so much bumbling than they are a threat to the characters - obviously the bumbling criminals idea is overused, but not at this point in film history. The characters are bland and annoying, especially the oddball best friend of the oldest kid, Darryl - he's a mix between Anthony Michael Hall and Ferguson from Clarissa Explains It All, as best as I can compare, and that should give a good explanation on what you're in for. There's some dumb bits here and there, but nothing too bad to ruin the film - in all fairness, there's some entertaining bits and some really bad ones - hits and misses all around. Adventures in Babysitting isn't meant to be taken so seriously, I guess, but isn't one of the finer family flicks of the 80s.
½ May 16, 2016
I was nervous revisiting this film that I absolutely adored growing up, because many of my childhood favorites don't age so well. But Adventures in Babysitting is so wonderful, and doesn't feel like it has aged at all. The story totally holds up, and I love pretty much every aspect of the film. Each little dangerous twist and turn that the plot takes adds to the fun, and the logic of why they end up in each place makes total sense. There are certainly some silly moments (like the scene in the blues club) but I just chalk that up as movie-logic utilized for a joke. This film was actually Chris Columbus' directorial debut, and he does a great job with it. One of the things that Columbus seems to be able to manage remarkably well are child actors. He almost always casts kids that are quality actors, and directs them so they will realize their full potential. Of course the cast entirely hinges on Elisabeth Shue, who is simply adorable in this movie. I had a pretty big crush on her back in the day, but seeing it as an adult I can still say her performance is superb. I particularly love the scenes where she starts to panic because of all the insanity going on around them, but simultaneously fights to maintain her role as babysitter watching over the kids. There's very little that I don't enjoy about Adventures in Babysitting, and as I said it holds up pretty well today, so I would highly recommend it.
April 27, 2016
An entertaining typical 80's movie. Has a bit of everything for a family movie night
March 19, 2016
I really liked this movie!!
½ February 23, 2016
And then he went on to make Home Alone and Harry Potter...
½ February 15, 2016
They really don't make them like they used to...
Classic 80's family film
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