The Sitter

The Sitter

David Gordon Green (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


An irresponsible college drop-out agrees to mind three kids for some extra cash, only to receive a call from his girlfriend asking him to buy drugs for her. He leads his young charges onto the mean streets of New York, but they end up running for their lives from a pair of ruthless dealers. Comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Max Records and Sam Rockwell.

Cast & Crew

Noah Griffith Jonah Hill
Karl Sam Rockwell
Marisa Lewis Ari Graynor
Julio J B Smoove
Slater Max Records
Blithe Landry Bendry
Rodrigo Kevin Hernandez
Roxanne Kylie Bunbury
Mrs Pedulla Erin Daniels
Doctor Pedulla D W Moffett
Director David Gordon Green
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jan 2012