The Sitter (2011)

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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.

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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 Site
Rating:
R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Jonah Hill
as Noah Griffith
Max Records
as Slater
Ari Graynor
as Marisa Lewis
JB Smoove
as Julio
Landry Bender
as Blithe
Kylie Bunbury
as Roxanne
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
Lou Carbonneau
as Maitre'D
Alysia Joy Powell
as Kid City Employee
Ernie Anastos
as News Anchor
Dari Alexander Williams
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 Platform
Mark Moynahan
as Dr. Stevens
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Critic Reviews for The Sitter

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (33)

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

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

It does not care for your soft comedy.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

The Sitter wants to have its urinal cake and eat it too, pushing the envelope of taste one minute and then delivering maudlin little life lessons the next.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
TheWrap
Top Critic

For every laugh offered by The Sitter, there are five minutes of boredom and at least one failed scene of would-be "dramatic" character building.

Full Review… | December 10, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

The Sitter seems to have a good heart, so why all the glib racism?

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Newsday
Top Critic

Hill plays Noah with just the right amount of self-loathing, deep down convinced of his own merit, not needing to humiliate anyone to prove it.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sitter

½

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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

Daniel Perry
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
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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