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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't She Babysit Me?!, May 31, 2005
This review is from: Adventures in Babysitting (DVD)
There are certain movies in various stages of your life that stay with you no matter what. These movies might linger on and have a special place because of a certain time you saw them, or it just reminds you of something. It doesn't matter in any way if these movies were even any good at all. They were good to you for a special purpose, and that's what matters. This one is just one of those kinds of movies for me. While it's far from being a classic piece of American cinema, it isn't that bad at all, and delivers 99 minutes of pure fun and silliness. I was 8 when I saw this movie, and I remember renting it many times over in the years after. I guess it just brings back fond memories of my childhood. Elisabeth Shue stars in this 1987 comedy as Chris Parker, a very popular high school student who seems to be living the teenage dream. She's pretty, popular, and is going out with a top of the line guy(West Wing's Bradley Whitford of all people). Chris' big night out with her boyfriends turns sour when he breaks their date and now her night is ruined. Or so she thinks. She accepts the job of babysitting the Anderson kids. Brad(Keith Coogan), is a dorky kinda kid with a bad 80's haircut who has a crush on Chris. Who wouldn't?. Little sister Sara(Maia Brewton) is a cute littly dynamo who's obsessed with fictional character Thor, complete with cape and viking helmet. The quiet evening at home turns into anything but when Chris' nutty best friend Brenda(Penelope Ann Miller), calls for help. Brenda is at the bus station and needs Chris to come pick her up. What seems like a simple little trek into downtown Chicago to pick up a friend turns into a nightmare. For starters, they are joined by Brad's annoying friend(played by Anthony Rapp, who went on to do "Rent" on Broadway), and to make matters worse, they get a flat tire on the freeway. From there on, it's a mad dash thru the mean streets of Chicago, coming into contact with one handed truckers, car thieves, gangs, doctors, Frat house keggers, blues singers, and a long, blonde haired Vincent D'Onofrio. I don't which is scarier. AIB is a perfect 80's movie. It fits right into the category that already includes the best of John Hughes' input(and what big 80's kid movie didn't he do?!)and a few others. One of the pluses is the cast. Shue is wonderful as Chris, a young girl who is trying desperatley to save her friend and keep her young charges out of harm's way. The kids themselves are good. They may have some typical young kid annoyances, but they are all pretty good and make it feel like they are real kids who you actually like. Penelope Ann Miller is one of the best parts here. With her big glasses, nerdy appearance, and comical misadventures of her own in the bus terminal, she delivers many of the funniest moments. There are some moments that just scream "Hollywood", like the car thief with a heart of gold, but this is just for fun. AIB is a fun and nostalgic trip back to 1987. I just heard that there are plans underway for a re-make. Hollywood, pleas leave a good thing alone.
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