Adventures in Babysitting

1987

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Family / Romance / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 32551

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Reviewed by Wuchak 8 / 10

Survival in the city

RELEASED IN 1987 and directed by Chris Columbus, "Adventures in Babysitting" (aka "A Night on the Town") is a teen dramedy about 17 year-old babysitter, Chris (Elisabeth Shue), from the suburbs of Chicago who has no choice but to take the siblings she's babysitting (Keith Coogan & Maia Brewton) and their friend (Anthony Rapp) into the big city whereupon they have many misadventures. Penelope Ann Miller plays Chris' geeky friend (at the bus station), Calvin Levels a car thief, John Davis Chandler the main heavy and George Newbern a helpful college dude with eyes for Chris.

I was surprised at how entertaining this movie is. It has the tone of an Indiana Jones flick, but with teen protagonists and taking place in a modern USA city. The Thor element was a unique surprise and the little girl is cute and spry. The protagonists are likable and you can sense the warmth in their relationships, e.g. Brad's infatuation with Chris.

Unfortunately, the movie fumbles the ball on the female front a little bit. There are quality women in the cast, for sure, but the director never milks these resources for their worth (and I'm not tawkin' bout nudity or sleaze). Take Shue, for example (who was 21 during filming); she's dressed in a looong sweater or jacket that covers her figure the entire film. Compare this with her role in "The Karate Kid" (1984) where her beauty is well displayed and tastefully so.

THE FILM RUNS 1 hour & 42 minutes and was shot in Toronto and the Chicago area. WRITER: David Simkins

GRADE: B+/A-

Reviewed by Tss5078 8 / 10

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Is it just me or were comedies funnier in the 80s? Adventures In Babysitting was by no means raunchy, it doesn't even compare to the films of today in that respect, but in someways there just seem to be a lot more laughs in these classic 80s comedies. For those who don't know the story, Chris (Elizabeth Shue) passes up a night with her boyfriend to babysit for two kids. It was the right choice, but when her best friend is left stranded and in trouble, Chris is forced to take the kids into Chicago to go and rescue her. What awaits her there is an adventure she never saw coming, with everything from gangsters to car trouble and perhaps even a new romantic interest? This film was supposed to be the one that made Karate Kid alum, Elizabeth Shue, a big star, but despite the films success and eventual cult status, it never happened. It's hard to understand why that is. I think it has a lot to do with her virtually disappearing for three years after this film, only to re-appear for a bit part in Back To The Future. Had she ridden the wave of success from this performance, she would have been one of the late 80s biggest names. Shue was fantastic, tough when she needed to be, caring when she wanted to be, and of course she always had the right line on the tip of her tongue. Add to the mix two obnoxious young teens and a tough as nails young tomboy and you have a mixture for success. Lest we forget this was a Christopher Columbus film, so we also have all those oddballs and crazy dumb criminals we know and love thrown in there too. Adventures In Babysitting was almost like a trial run for Home Alone, three years later. While the film certainly had it's share of flaws, and would not be rated PG-13 by today's standards, it was a largely enjoyable family film and in many ways a distant cousin to Home Alone. I loved this film when I was a kid and I appreciate it even more now, Adventures In Babysitting is highly recommended fun for the whole family!

Reviewed by Ian 7 / 10

Silly Scenarios

(Flash Review)

Only the 80's could bunch this many randomly associated scenes together to make an amusing cohesive movie. Shue plays a high school babysitter who sets out for a night of sitting for a little girl and an horny pre- teen boy that has the hots for her. Many awkward moments there. Shue's idiot friend has a major emergency and needs her help in the big city. Shue takes the kids on a trip to help her friend. Overblown 80's-style scenarios happen; many of which are only amusing in the 80's context thus are still charming and amusing. Will she be able to help her friend and get the kids back without raising suspicion? There are many memorable and tense scenes as well as a romantic plot point with a preppy upper class chap.

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