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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  3 July 1987 (USA)
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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV... and boredom. But when her frantic ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Levels ...
Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
John Ford Noonan ...
John Davis Chandler ...
Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie ...
Allan Aarons ...
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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV... and boredom. But when her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair-raising adventures! Babysitter and kids leave their safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city, never imagining how terrifyingly funny their expedition will become! Written by Anonymous

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She thought babysitting was easy money - until she started hanging out with the Andersons. See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Night on the Town  »

Box Office


$34,368,475 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Right before shooting a scene in which the group runs through a dirty, trash-filled alley, the Toronto Sanitation department came by and cleaned it up, so the crew had to dig through local dumpsters for more trash. See more »


Kappa Phi Gamma is a sorority, not a fraternity. See more »


Chris: Babysitting blues.
SarahBradDaryl: Baby, baby.
Chris: Babysitting blues.
Albert Collins: Now, there're nights
Chris: You swear you were born to lose. Yeah!
Albert Collins: Like tonight.
ChrisAlbert Collins: And you wish your feet were walking in someone else's shoes.
Albert Collins: Some guys are out to get them. And the girls's probably dead. She ain't got a nickel.
SarahBradDaryl: And we should be in bed!
Albert Collins: You're outta luck.
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Crazy Credits

Shot of the thug who chased the little girl outside of skyscraper whimpering about being stuck out there. See more »


Referenced in Anything But Love: Adventures in Baby-sitting (1991) See more »


Evil (Is Going On)
Words and Music by Willie Dixon
Performed by KoKo Taylor (as Koko Taylor)
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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16 January 2005 | by (Antarctica) – See all my reviews

For an unknown (to me) reason, when I saw this on British TV, it was called "A Night On The Town", a far inferior title than 'Adventures in Babysitting', although maybe they figured that parents would think this a children's movie...

Anyway, the movie itself is charming in that way that only 1980s US comedy films are. There is an air of innocence to the whole thing, before these more conscious and overtly cynical days that we know and hate now - maybe a reason why 1980s retro is all the rage now... that, and things are cyclical.

I thought the film WAS charming, although entirely far-fetched in its plot lines, although I think that was kind of the point. The characters, while not being very complicated, were warm and at least not entirely two-dimensional, and the little girl was quite cute and not extremely annoying as could have happened.

Overall, I'd recommend it to hounds who love to watch 80s films.

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