The Sitter

  • 15
  • David Gordon Green (2011)
  • US
  • 77 min
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

Jonah Hill (Superbad) is typecast again in this lazy comedy that slopes from one laboured gag to another. He plays Noah, a gormless slacker who lives with his mother and is persuaded to babysit her friend's three children. But he's summoned from the sofa by his girlfriend (Ari Graynor), who promises a wild night of passion as long as he brings along some Class A drugs, prompting him to put his base needs above the children's safety. Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) attempts to give 1980s cult comedy Adventures in Babysitting an adult twist here, but it's a misguided effort. At the same time as Noah is dragging the kids through a series of dangerous misadventures on the mean streets of New York, Green also wants us to believe that he's good at heart, which just doesn't work. The mix of crude humour and innocent schoolboy pranks also falls flat, and even Hill looks unsure, while the kids don't gel with him or each other. There are a few funny moments, but Gordon makes a mess trying to shake up the formula with too much sauce.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Jonah Hill. A slacker is persuaded to babysit for a trio of children and ends up taking them out into the New York night, where one inappropriate situation after another awaits.

Cast and crew


Noah Griffith
Jonah Hill
Sam Rockwell
Marisa Lewis
Ari Graynor
J B Smoove
Max Records
Landry Bendry
Kevin Hernandez
Kylie Bunbury
Mrs Pedulla
Erin Daniels
Doctor Pedulla
D W Moffett


David Gordon Green

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Jan 2012
Certificate 15