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Adventures in Babysitting [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Calvin Levels
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Writers: David Simkins, Elizabeth Faucher
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: July 14, 1992
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (677 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301008944
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VHS FORMAT. Touchstone, 1987, 102 minutes, color. Features Elisabeth Shue, who's looking forward to a hot date, but instead winds up babysitting 3 kids.

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on February 6, 2001
Format: DVD
Beginning your movie with the right song can get you off to a good start and "Adventures in Babysitting" gives us that golden oldie "And Then He Kissed Me" as Chris Parker prepares for her big date with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, this clown promptly proceeds to dump our heroine, which only proves he is a fool because Chris is played by Elisabeth Shue. Those of us who remember "Call to Glory" already knew that Shue was a babe and so does Brad Anderson (Keith Coogan), the kid who is too old for the babysitter on whom he has a mondo crush. Into the mix we add Sara Anderson (Maia Brewton), the adorable kid sister who has a thing for the Mighty Thor from Marvel Comics (she must have got the cool Thor helmet from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby or somebody in the ol' Bullpen), Daryl Coopersmith (Anthony Rapp), Brad's best friend who has yet to learn when to shut up, and Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), Chris' best friend who is stuck in downtown Chicago at a bus depot without her glasses, having decided that running away from home was a bad idea. Unfortunately for our heroine, deciding to simply go down and pick up Brenda proves to be a bad idea. With the three kids in tow, Chris takes off for the big city. When the station wagon gets a flat tire that is only the first in a massive chain of misfortunes that befall our plucky lass. There will be a tow truck man with a claw, street thugs with knives on the El, gangster in a chop shop, a college frat party, a close encounter with the parental units at a party high at top a skyscraper, and a delightful session of singing "The Babysitter Blues."
In its own way, "Adventures in Baby Sitting is in the mold of the Indiana Jones films, where the cast of characters are stuck on a roller coaster of exciting encounters.
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Another classic 80's comedy, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (aka "A Night on the Town") comes to DVD to delight old fans and new.

When highschool senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) decides to spend Saturday night babysitting the Anderson kids Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad (Keith Coogan) as well as Brad's best friend Daryl (Anthony Rapp), no one, not least Chris, will be prepared for the wild ride ahead, when Chris' best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) phones and begs to be rescued from the Chicago bus depot after an aborted attempt to run away. Chris bundles the kids in the car and heads for downtown Chicago, but after getting stranded thanks to a flat tyre, the gang end up in a mess of trouble!

This is such a fun film. Elisabeth Shue glows as Chris and offers one of her funniest comedy performances. Whilst she is best-remembered by most film critics for her role in "Leaving Las Vegas", to 80's kids like me, she'll forever be fondly regarded as Chris in AIB.

Anthony Rapp, Keith Coogan and Maia Brewton are hilarious in their roles, and Penelope Ann Miller is a scream in the film's clever subplot of Brenda's adventures in the bus depot. The film also features early turns from Vincent d'Onofrio, Bradley Whitford and George Newbern.

The DVD is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, with no extras whatsoever, but fans will just be happy to finally have this 80's gem on DVD. A bargain price too.
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I'm going to question this being a "family" movie. I know with rating movies G,PG,PG-13,R, there are certain standards that cannot be crossed, for instance, PG-13 movies are allowed one use of the F word. Well, than this would have to fall into the "R" category. I know, anyone who has watched this movie will say that this comment is stupid, but please hear me out. Since becoming a father, I've become more conscious of words and actions of what I watch and what I do, personally, I like this movie, I thought it was a funny movie and good for a few laughs with enough suspense to keep kids entertained. When this movie came out, I was 7 or 8 years old, I didn't find out about it until a friend of mine told me about it and my mom and I went out and rented it, I was probably 10 when this happened. I had much more leeway with show's and movies than I allow now for my child. This movie has at least 2 things that I don't want my daughter asking or hearing or seeing.
First one: The Playboy magazine. I know they don't show much of anything but still, it isn't something that I want my 6 year old seeing and asking what is that, why is she dressed like that?
Second: I can quote this, on the subway, the street gang "Lords of Hell" if I remember right, when they confronted Elizabeth Shue's character and the kids, and the love struck teenager tries to man up to them, a knife gets taken out and snapped into the kids foot. Then followed up by, "Don't F*** with the Lords of Hell!" Elizabeth Shue pulls out the knife and holds it to the gang leaders face and says, "Don't F*** with the babysitter!" Now, 2 F words, and this is in the family movie category? I need to say I don't think this should be.
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This is one of those rare gems!

Everyone, I believe, can relate to the craziness that goes on here.... it is just taken to the extreme in this movie.

Elizabeth Shue is fantastic as the babysitter. One of the most memorable lines is when she proclaims... "I'm the babysitter!".

Not to be missed. Enjoyable for everyone. Must see classic and timeless comedy.
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