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The Sitter

3.4 out of 5 stars 273 customer reviews

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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:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZW5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sitter" on IMDb

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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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The movie is absolutely hilarious, I would watch it 85237899830 more times if I could. You should so watch it. Anyone that likes Jonah Hill will appreciate this movie. The movie is stupid funny. One of those movies that has you cracking up at one of the stupidest lines ever. I think that kind f comedy is the best. People not trying to be funny makes things funny, the actors definitely do a great job playing their parts and the kids in the movie were also hilarious. Please watch it! You will not regret it. Very pleased with the movie and how easy it was to watch from my iPad. I love Jonah Hill he was so funny and just a great actor all around.
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Jonah Hill can literally do NO wrong. I bought this movie for my brother for Christmas and the first time we watched it, we laughed so hard. He's ended up re-watching this a good number of times.

I recommend this movie for anyone whose ever babysat, teenagers who are looking for a funny movie, and just anyone whose a fan of Jonah Hill cause he does not disappoint.
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This is a pretty good movie. I love Jonah hill he is one of my favorite actors this didn't hold up 100% to one of his movies but still was pretty funny. It has the old school babysitter movie with a big twist to it. I really liked the plot of the movie and how it all went out it was funny and had its good and bad moments.
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I just watched this on cable for the second time and when I saw the price of three bucks had to pick it up for my collection. It can be a little hard core at times so not sure if this is for children under sixteen, due to one violent violent fight scene, other than that it's pretty hunky dorey and will keep you amused.
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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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Now look, I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but this was still particularly unimaginative. Too many predictable happy endings. The kids have over-the-top issues that somehow get resolved after one stupid night of rehashing Adventures in Babysitting.

If you want something on in the background while you gorge on junk food, then consider this film.
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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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