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The Sitter (2011)

Jonah Hill , Sam Rockwell , David Gordon Green  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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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)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZW5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sitter" on IMDb

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Jonah Hill rides out one outrageously wild night in this hilarious comedy from the director of Pineapple Express. Suburban slacker Noah (Hill) is watching a neighbor's kids when he gets a booty call from his horny girlfriend in the city. To hook up with her, Noah takes to the streets, but his urban adventure spins out of control as he finds himself on the run from a maniacal druglord. Raunchy laughs and insane action - it's all in a night's work for The Sitter.

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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three-and-a-half stars for this sleeper April 20, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOAH IS A HOT NAME December 26, 2011
The movie starts out as a bad sex comedy. Jonah Hill stars as Noah Griffith, a slightly nerdy, obese young adult who peddles a bicycle. In the opening scene he is performing oral services for a pretty blond girl (Ari Graynor) who believes fat guys do it best, however she won't return the favor as she claims she has a touch of food poisoning. She is a coke slut loved by Noah.

Mom (Jessica Hecht) coerces Noah into babysitting for the neighbor (Erin Daniels). The kids are a 13 year old boy with responsibility issues, an eight year old girl going on 16, and an adopted kid from El Salvador who acts like he is part of a cartel. Noah is irresponsible as this turns into an "Adventures in Babysitting" adult comedy as he attempts to score some cocaine for his "girlfriend" who has promised him real sex in return.

As I watched the movie for the first time, I had the feeling I have seen this before. Predictable, trite, and mostly unfunny. A "me-too" comedy. A lower tier rental at best. Go watch Harold and Kumar instead.

F-bomb, sex talk, no nudity
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable May 19, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonah Hill is hillarious!!! September 12, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sitter February 10, 2014
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This was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a was while we watch this over and over and over. Our kids love this movie we all love this movie
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of 90 minutes and 4 bucks April 14, 2012
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TD's review August 7, 2012
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I believed this to be a remake of Adventures in Babysitting...I was wrong though it stole some of the situations. I must have been stupid to watch all the way to the end, stupid, stupid movie. Lot's of cursing even out of the mouths of young children, maybe they thought that would be funny, it wasn't.
Guess Jonah Hill lives in these kind of movies silly & stupid. If you like mindless crap this is the movie for you, if not stay away.
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28 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inredeemably bad in every way March 4, 2012
The Sitter manages to be unfunny, predictable, dull and ridiculous all at the same time. It starts badly with Jonah Hill failing to get sex from his coke-addicted girlfriend and quickly scrapes right through the bottom of the barrel to rip off every babysitter film ever made.

The three kids in the film are a collection of two-dimensional problems that make the adults look like Dickensian-crafted characters. The kid from Ecuador think he's from a cartel because - you know - he's South American. Floppy haired anxiety kid is coming to terms with being gay because that's such a great concept for comedy. And celebrity obsessed brat #3 is really annoying. The stereotypes don't stop there - there are some 'gangsta' black people who are really just cool folk in the end too.

Around the end of Act 2 the film is forced to try to reconcile all these situations in some really terribly written scenes that show the kid from Ecuador should be more family oriented and less completely crazy, kid #2 should accept his sexuality (at 12 years old!) and kid #3 has to wipe off the excess make-up. Jonah meanwhile realizes his girlfriend has been using him and hooks up with an arbitrary friend from college who happens to be cocktailing.

The basic problem with the film isn't the absurdity (The Hangover barely makes sense but is a great flick) - it's the fact that there isn't a single laugh in the whole movie. Sam Rockwell limps his way through this and somehow his thorough beating near the end seems out of key with a kid-focused comedy. How this script ever got made is beyond my imagination - if this is all Hollywood has, please keep remaking classics and giving us sequels. I had to rewatch Uncle Buck just to remember what comedy looked like.
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