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½ August 10, 2014
(First and only viewing - 1/13/2009)
July 15, 2014
My dad loves it but this movie never worked for me. Shue is good but it is very forgettable
½ July 12, 2014
A great 80's film, good humor and jokes, even if you wince at a few of them
Super Reviewer
½ July 7, 2014
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.
July 2, 2014
Classic, funny. Worth a watch.
June 24, 2014
Entertaining and ...irritating.
June 19, 2014
Chris Columbus debuta como director con esta muy entretenida comedia familiar llena de situaciones jocosas. Los fanáticos de "Goonies" y de "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" apreciarán mucho esta cinta llena de situaciones descabelladas que incluyen persecusiones, situaciones absurdas y a un mecánico muy parecido a Thor.
June 12, 2014
After scripting such 80s mainstays as Gremlins and The Goonies, Chris Columbus made his directorial debut with this easy-to-take effort that primarily benefits from a charming performance by Elisabeth Shue. The movie's verve and energetic cast do much to rescue the film from its own faults: the clumsy dialogue mixed with the clever, and the jokes that fall flat among terrific ones. Adventures in Babysitting firmly establishes Columbus' unique brand of family-friendly entertainment with a decidedly irreverent edge. There's nothing earth-shattering or wholly original about Columbus' directorial debut that rocked mid-1980s Hollywood. Adventures in Babysitting is a classic "road picture" populated by unique tertiary characters and wacky mixups. By the end of the film, I'd had a couple of real laughs and a few interesting moments, but that was about all. This is really just innocent material with a tendency to flout basic guidelines and stray from the perimeters of believability. Adventures in Babysitting might not be a great movie, but it's a damn entertaining one that has managed to stand the test of time rather beautifully all the same.

VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
May 18, 2014
Wild adventures. A little corny. Entertaining.
May 17, 2014
I saw this in the theater as a 14 year old and laughed my butt off. I just watched it on Netflix with my 16 year old daughter and she loved it too. Great movie for Mommy Daughter movie night. Nothing too scary and the main character Chris is wholesome and sweet.
½ May 17, 2014
While its a bit dorky and dumb this is a fun 80's comedy that is well worth a watch.
½ May 15, 2014
after rewatching this (like 20 something years later) I have to say it looks reaaally good,and it's fun too! I see why Jonah Hill tried to mimic this with no success at all...the most pretty rare item in this movie -and quite essential to the plot- was a playboy magazine....are those things still around?...i don't know...
May 8, 2014
Scrupulous Googums was sated.
½ May 6, 2014
Featuring the early Elisabeth Shue, Adventures in Babysitting is definitely something new and something worth watching again.... if you have the time.
May 3, 2014
Elisabeth Shue delivers a smart, strong female performance consisting of plenty of laughs in this relentlessly entertaining 'big-city' black comedy.
April 18, 2014
"This is a very entertaining teenage film; it has a lot of good jokes: & a plot that keeps the viewer unaware of a lot of what will come next."

*****

Chris Parker is a Chicago suburb senior high school damsel that has kept herself reserved for the right suitor. She believes it is her boyfriend Mike Toddwell (AKA So Cool). Set to have a big dinner date: at the start, of the film, she is surprised, Mike arrives, & cancels, because of what, he says-is, his sick, sister. Depressed by the news she has her friend Brenda over to cheer her up; Brenda on the verge of having a breakdown herself because of her step-mother tells Chris that he is lying to her. Chris is then asked by her mother if she would like to babysit Sara Anderson; Chris would rather just set at home & be depressed; sitting for the Andersons will depress anyone Brenda tells her & she changes her mind. (Being depressed will be the one thing that she will not find).

Brad is a high school freshman that has a crush on Chris; he is supposed to be spending the night with his friend Daryl Coopersmith, but when he hears from his sister that she got their mom to have Chris babysit her for the night he cancels without getting word to Daryl.

Shortly after arriving & expecting to settle down for a quiet night of babysitting Chris receives a call from Brenda; Brenda has gone over the edge by running away from home to the big downtown of Chicago. Frightened & knowing that her dad will punish her severely her only hope is for Chris to come & get her. Reluctant at first but feeling sympathy for her friend she decides to take the kids with her to insure their quietness. Before leaving Daryl shows up; to insure his quietness in the matter she agrees un-delightfully to let him come along. Thus begins their journey on what will be the greatest night of their lifes; it will have the twist & turns that will invigorate: scary, & give wonderful, delights.

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I give this comedy family & kids film an A + (Amazing)
March 16, 2014
Elisabeth Shue's first leading role seems perfectly suited to her charms and represents a very successful casting choice indeed. Unfortunately, she is let down by a script that, although sees her roped into babysitting some kids who end up through various misadventures on the run from a criminal gang in the big city, doesn't manage to conjure up consistently entertaining or funny scenes. By the end of the film, however, the chemistry among the young actors, ably directed by Chris Colombus (in his directorial debut) proves enough to keep the film watchable.
½ March 14, 2014
It has a tough time deciding between a realistic and more fantastical tone and it borrows from many other 80s flicks, but Adventures in Babysitting is still a fun time thanks to funny characters and the always pleasing Elisabeth Shue.
½ February 28, 2014
Some laugh-out-loud parts. Language was rough, but still an enjoyable movie.
February 15, 2014
This is a very entertaining teenage film; it has a lot of good jokes: & a plot that keeps the viewer unaware of a lot of what will come next.

Chris Parker is a Chicago suburb senior high school damsel that has kept herself reserved for the right suitor. She believes it is her boyfriend Mike Toddwell (AKA So Cool). Set to have a big dinner date: at the start, of the film, she is surprised, Mike arrives, & cancels, because of what, he says-is, his sick, sister. Depressed by the news she has her friend Brenda over to cheer her up; Brenda on the verge of having a breakdown herself because of her step-mother tells Chris that he is lying to her. Chris is then asked by her mother if she would like to babysit Sara Anderson; Chris would rather just set at home & be depressed; sitting for the Andersons will depress anyone Brenda tells her & she changes her mind. (Being depressed will be the one thing that she will not find).

Brad is a high school freshman that has a crush on Chris; he is supposed to be spending the night with his friend Daryl Coopersmith, but when he hears from his sister that she got their mom to have Chris babysit her for the night he cancels without getting word to Daryl.

Shortly after arriving & expecting to settle down for a quiet night of babysitting Chris receives a call from Brenda; Brenda has gone over the edge by running away from home to the big downtown of Chicago. Frightened & knowing that her dad will punish her severely her only hope is for Chris to come & get her. Reluctant at first but feeling sympathy for her friend she decides to take the kids with her to insure their quietness. Before leaving Daryl shows up; to insure his quietness in the matter she agrees un-delightfully to let him come along. Thus begins their journey on what will be the greatest night of their lifes; it will have the twist & turns that will invigorate: scary, & give wonderful, delights.

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I give this comedy family & kids film an A +.
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