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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 July 1987 (USA)
A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along.

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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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3 July 1987 (USA)  »

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A Night on the Town  »

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$34,368,475 (USA)
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Trivia

In the film, Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) is a 17-year old high school student and four years younger than Dan Lynch (George Newbern) who is a 21-year old college student. But in reality at the time of the film's release, Elisabeth Shue was 23 years old and fortunately more than one year older than George Newbern who was 22 years old. See more »

Goofs

In real life the diamond-shape slant of the Associates Center is a 45-degree angle, but in the movie, when Sara is up against the slant, it's noticeably steeper than 45 degrees. See more »

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Daryl: This is weird.
Chris: You're weird.
Daryl: HAHAHAHAHA!
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The title does not appear until minutes after the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Malibu Country: Adventures in Babysitting (2013) See more »

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What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?)
Words and Music by Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock, Harvey Fuqua
Performed by Junior Walker (as Jr. Walker)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Babysitting Was Never This Much Fun For Me
2 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie in the late 1980's I thought to myself how whenever I had babysat I had had a pretty boring night stuck in front of a TV hoping the kids wouldn't wake up crying and spoil the peace. How I wish they had been more like this movie.

Elizabeth Shue plays Chris Parker who is babysitting one night but due to certain circumstances ends up taking the kids out on the town in order to pick up one of her friends. What follows is all sorts of adventures involving thugs, crooks, thieves, the lot. The film is totally funny to watch and has some really good scenes in. Two that come to mind involve a fight between two gangs on a train and one involving the god of Thunder Thor (well, not the Thor you would be expecting).

This is an exciting movie which was typical of 1980's movies. Boy, I wish they could make movies like that now. The 80's has got to be the best decade ever for films of all genres and this movie is just one of many great comedy films of that era. Oh and by the way, I think Elizabeth Shue is beautiful and I believe this was her best role.


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