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The Sitter

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When the worldas most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the worldas worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, itas anyoneas guess whoas 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.

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The Sitter may be the last movie featuring the "heavy" version of Jonah Hill. With the many pounds he's since lost, many movie-industry minds are wondering if the Jonah Hill-ness of his screen persona, flaunted so prodigiously in the likes of Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, and Superbad, has disappeared from the scales too. But until Jonah 2.0 gets his chance, The Sitter couldn't capture his trash-talking, man-child, king-of-comeback essence more boldly, more lovingly, or with such blatant vulgarity. Hill plays Noah, a jobless twentysomething layabout still living with his divorced mom along with the delusion that he has a hot girlfriend (she only keeps him around for oral talents that are unrelated to speech). As a favor that might help Mom with her own sad love life, he agrees to a one-night babysitting stand for the neighbors and their three wildly dissimilar but equally messed-up children. The night progresses through slapstick, farce, adventure, romance, danger, pathos, and eventual catharsis for everyone. (Unfortunately there's a touch of maudlin, sentimental corn in the mix too.) The children are as important to the escapades as Noah and are the primary source of his stupid/smooth shtick that mixes clever put-downs, terrified jabbering, and hilariously relentless patter of urban slang vernacular. Noah's spoiled charges are two boys--an anxiety-wracked 13-year-old and a 10-year-old Nicaraguan adoptee with severe anger and pyromania issues--and a precocious 8-year-old-girl who's heavily into makeup, hip-hop, and a score of other age-inappropriate behaviors. As the four of them hurtle deeper into the night, the situations become more antically treacherous with drug dealers, gangster thugs, police officers, and upper-crust snobs as part of the mix, along with their knives, cocaine, diamonds, alcohol, and guns. Director David Gordon Green, whose unusual career has gone from art house (George Washington, All the Real Girls) to raunchy bromance (Pineapple Express, Your Highness), supplants formal technique with the off-kilter and oft-unseemly style of Jonah Hill vs. the world. Green sometimes evokes the flow of surreality that Martin Scorsese took to unnatural ends in After Hours, only with more dirty bits and a lot more full-on crude laughs. Nearly everyone in the large supporting cast makes an excellent foil for the star's constant streetwise riffing, especially Sam Rockwell, who digs in to his role as a psychotic but emotionally conflicted drug dealer always on the lookout for new best friends. But it is Jonah Hill who sits firmly, even heavily in the driver's seat. It's a great place to flash his better-honed actorly chops along with his beloved version 1.0 comedic gift. --Ted Fry

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  • Actors: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell
  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZW5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Despite the majority of critics panning this film, I had to check this movie out -- especially after seeing that hilarious trailer ("Don't *@$# with me, Rodrigo."). And I was surprised by it. I thought it was fun and had more funny parts than most critics let on. Of course, this is a very perverse version of Adventures in Babysitting, and it's not as wholesome as that 1980s classic. But, despite its foul language and very adult situations, "The Sitter" has more heart than one would think -- with Jonah Hill dealing with the three kids he's been tasked to watch over. If you have a night where you're feeling like laughs, this one may surprise you.
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Started off good. Ended good. It got a little tiresome with so many things going wrong for poor Noah, but they pulled everything together nicely, and left me feeling good. I enjoyed it overall. Too me, I would give 3 stars to a movie that was just ok, but I had a good time here, and so I gave it 4 stars.
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This movie is ridiculously funny! Jonah Hill is one of my favorite up and coming comedians. Its like a modern day Adventures in Babysitting (a classic)and instead of playboys and thor look alikes its got drug dealers and a misunderstood trio of kids, one of which can't help but to blow things up! Definitely didn't regret watching this movie!
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By ConcupusAl on February 17, 2014
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This is a no brainer comedy that you won’t be disappointed watching if you aren’t expecting too much. Jonah Hill plays Noah Griffith who plays a loser that babysits for her mom’s friend in order for her mom to go on a date. He babysits 3 kids: oldest is anxiety ridden closeted gay, adopted roughneck from Columbia, and a little girl who acts like Paris Hilton. Antics ensue when he takes the kids with him to score drugs for a girl at a party that is using him. The car gets stolen, the adopted kid sets cherry bombs in toilets and steals coke from the dealer and Noah needs to find the money to pay the dealer back. During the night Noah finds a girl who likes him for who he is and solves the personal issues of the kids. Movie obviously needs you suspend belief in reality, but it also is truly annoying because the sentiment is fat guys can score pretty girls if they just look around and see the people that truly is worth their time. This happens in all these comedies: the main character is always unsavory and there’s ALWAYS a pretty girl that he is oblivious to while chasing the wrong girl. I get that reality does not mirror all films but if fat losers are watching these comedies than the poor saps will always be misled.
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I rented this movie to watch on a flight from Atlanta to Boston. I guess it was better than doing nothing, but honestly, not by much. I will admit I chuckled at a few points in the film, but more because it was so absurd and not because it was particularly funny. The writers apparently think that the more f- and s- bombs in the dialog, the funnier the script. Really, it's not. It's more pathetic than anything else. Frankly, the aggressively selfish overweight Jonah Hill swearing, threatening and criticizing a 13-year old and two younger kids, stealing the family car, stealing checks at a bat mitzvah party, heading into Manhattan in the middle of the night, buying drugs for a girl just so he might get laid (how he was going to manage that with the kids in tow is a mystery), etc. made me cringe much more than anything else. Save your money.
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I wanted to like it going in, and while it doesn't do anything wrong exactly, it doesn't do the humor very well, and obviously for a comedy that equals failure. The tender moments where the hapless Sitter teaches the kids how to be better people are actually effective and probably the best parts of the movie. All the other subplots (girlfriend, drug dealer, new potential girlfriend, father, old high school acquaintance with a grudge)seem very false and contrived as does the third, adopted, child - his role is completely a waste, unfunny, probably racist and totally unrealistic. The other two kids were likeable enough behind terrible scripting. I don't blame Jonah Hill, he was reasonably funny, he just didn't have much to work with. I blame the director, and I'd say if you didn't like Pineapple Express, like I didn't, you likely won't enjoy The Sitter either.
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I purchased this after seeing 21 Jump Street in theaters. I thought 21 Jump Street was so funny, I saw it twice in two days. So, thinking I would stay on my Jonah high, I bought this. It's not very funny at all; despite a pretty decent cast; and it failed on almost every level. I only managed to chuckle two or three times, and the majority of the movie was really flat and lame. Other reviewers have compared it to Adventures in Babysitting, and the plot is quite similar but they tried to drive it in a more adult-direction. I had high hopes for this, I think Jonah Hill will eventually become one of our funniest and most celebrated actors ever and I've never seen Sam Rockwell in anything I didn't think was brilliant. Rent it on PPV or netflix if you really want to see it, but save your money and buy 21 Jump Street when it comes out.
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Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors and he's the funny one in this film along with Garv. Sam may be the bad guy but he's awesome at making the role hilarious! Garv, you'll just have to watch, if you love fabulous gay guys on roller skates then Garv is your man! Jonah Hill is okay, he's never been one of my favorite actors. I like him but he's just not great IMO. I don't care for kids in almost any movie so that part almost made me bump it down another notch but I do like the well behaved brother, he's sweet. It's worth watching if you like corny comedies. I love a lot of movies people find lame. I don't care we all have a different opinion of what makes us laugh, cry, and stay glued to our seat.
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