ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (1987 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì

Adventures in Babysitting—one of the better teen/adult films Hollywood has produced—contains some sexual references and partial nudity; but, also contains a considerable number of chuckles. Actors and actresses Elizabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, and Anthony Rapp perform well together.

Storyline

Chris Parker’s (Elisabeth Shue) boyfriend stands her up and she decides to take an evening babysitting job with the Anderson family. While she is babysitting, her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls and pleads for help. Brenda ran away from home, is stuck in a bus station, has no money, and wants to go home. Brenda is being harassed by an elderly homeless man while another younger man keeps flashing a gun at her. Chris needs to help her friend, but feels conflicted because she is responsible for the safety and well-being of the Anderson children. The Anderson children suggest they tag along on the rescue. Chris agrees and the adventures begin as the babysitter and her charges enter a less than desirable neighborhood on the other end of town.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Chris Columbus. Thank you to Producers Debra Hill and Lynda Obst for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Daryl Coppersmith (Anthony Rapp), Joe Gipp (Calvin Levels), Sara (Maia Brewston), Dawson (Vincent D’Onofrio), Brad (Keith Coogan, Dan (George Newbern) Pruitt (John Ford Noonan), Graydon (Ron Canada), Bleak (John Davis Chandler), Mr. Anderson (Dan Ziskie), Janitor #1 (Allan Aarons), Nurse (Marcia Bennett), Janitor #2 (Rummy Bishop), and Cleminski (David Blacker).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is good comedy for both the teen and the adult.

Ben Meyers

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