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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 99. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

June 10, 2011

99. Adventures In Babysitting [DVD] (1987)

Plot: Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) reluctantly agrees to babysit the Anderson kids, Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton) after her date cancels on her.

When her friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from a bus station in downtown Chicago. Chris and the kids, accompanied by Brad’s friend Daryl (Anthony Rapp) head for the big city; and a night of adventure!

Also Starring: Vincent D’Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford and George Newbern.
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Length: 102 min
Budget: $9.5 million / Gross Revenue: $34,368,475 (USA)

She thought babysitting was easy money – until she started hanging out with the Andersons. (tagline)

Review: Boy, I wish they would make movies like this now. It’s such a fun ride filled with action, adventure, and comedy. Elisabeth Shue is great in her first lead role and there’s such chemistry between the actors.

As far as teen comedies go, this is one of the best.

I used to love director Chris Columbus, just like his pal Stephen Spielberg he is great at getting kid actors to bring their a-game.

He started his career by writing Gremlins and The Goonies and went on to direct great stuff like the two first Home Alone and Harry Potter movies.
Lately however he turned more towards producing, allowing Monkeybone, Christmas with the Kranks and Percy Jackson & The Olympian: The Lightning Thief to be made.  I still love him though, he has made some of my favorite movies and not even the upcoming Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters can change my feelings. Even though it does put a strain on our relationship.

If you wanna play spot the screenwriter while watching the movie, David Simkins in an uncredited performance plays Fratboy with Playboy. He later went on to become a TV-writer for shows like Charmed, Warehouse 13 and Human Target; making Adventures in Babysitting his only feature film to date.

Nerdiest fun fact: Bradley Whitford, who plays the guy who stands Elisabeth Shue up in the beginning of the film, use his own Camaro in the movie. The car is seen with Whitford’s actual license plate “SO COOL.”

And if the great cast, directing and writing wasn’t enough; any movie that works a blues jam with Chicago legend Ice Man Albert Collins into the script is good in my book.

And then to have him utter my favorite quote from the movie just as the babysitter and the kids try to leave his club: “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues” is like icing on the cake.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2011 10:59

    God. I love that poster… Drew Struzan is a genius!

    http://home.scarlet.be/~bliek/drew-posters.html

  2. anish permalink
    July 18, 2011 10:59

    i love this film tooooo .. adventures in babysitting , the best movie i have ever seen .. so much fun to see it every time .. great movie

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