The Babysitters


The Babysitters

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 27


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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 (Cynthia Nixon). Shirley has always had an innocent crush on Michael, but one night after her regular shift, things take a serious turn when the pair sneaks a furtive kiss. Lately Michael has become noticeably depressed by the suburban routine, longing for the days before family responsibility weighed him down and his wife turned into the typical minivan-driving soccer mom. Shirley's kiss makes Michael feel alive again, and as a result he gives her a substantial tip that night. Before long, however, a fleeting kiss has turned into a full-fledged affair, with Michael and Shirley using the babysitting shifts as cover. When Michael's married friends catch wind of his extramarital exploits, they, too, express the want for a babysitter who is willing to earn a healthy tip. Recognizing the potential for profit in such a situation, Shirley soon assumes the role of teenage madam -- matching up her high-school friends with otherwise upstanding men who have grown bored with married life. Of course, Shirley isn't above skimming a bit of the profits for her college fund, but then again it's only a matter of time before their carefully crafted cover is blown. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Babysitters

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (18)

  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the film is pitched as dark comedy, there's nothing very funny about the sexualization of teenagers.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Babysitters

  • Oct 24, 2011
    Honest yet undeniably misfired, The Babysitters plays too much on the idea of pimps and hoes instead of aiming at the idea of misguided youth searching for meaning in their lives. The plot grows repetitious with constant shifts in the girls and their attitudes towards one another along with their feelings towards their new found jobs. The motivation of the characters is weak, leaving me skeptical throughout the entire film. The backstabbing seems misguided and uneventful and the ending is downright horrible. John Lequizamo has his moments as do many of the girls, but this film completely misses its mark.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2011
    Cute girls but Very disappointing. 3 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2011
    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.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2010
    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.
    Dean K Super Reviewer

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