397. The Sitter (2011)

5.6 Rubbish
  • Acting 5.6
  • Directing 6.0
  • Story 5.3
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Starring: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Sam Rockwell

Director: David Gordon Green

Running Time: 81 mins

The Sitter is an American film about a student who takes up a babysitting job with three crazy kids, and ends up on an out-of-control night in New York City, with the children tagging along too.

This film is the typical, clichéd, eventually drug-fuelled comedy action drama that it seems as if I’ve seen hundreds of times. Of course, they’re quite funny initially, but, especially in the case of this film, it ended up as a story that made no sense whatsoever, and was full of repeated jokes that very quickly became boring and unfunny.

The main adult characters were quite funny on occasions, however I have to say that two of the kids being babysat were beyond irritating. I know they’re just children, but their characters, as well as their demeanours, were so unbelievably annoying, I was desperate to see the end of this film because of them.

That’s not usually a good thing, holding out for the end of the film, and it was only the very occasional ‘bigger laugh’, normally a more original joke that was a little less PC, that salvaged some entertainment from this ultimately boring comedy.

Although completely predictable, and seemingly a very similar, but worse, adaptation of Date Night, the story had no meaning in my eyes, and it was nigh on impossible to focus on the plot because very little was happening.

Of course, jokes were being occasionally littered, and there was some random action, but it all seemed quite vapid to me throughout, and because of that, I’ll give this a 5.6.


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