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The Sitter (2011)

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A college student on suspension is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Lewis
Julio (as JB Smoove)
Dr. Pedulla
Sandy Griffith
Jim Griffith
Jacolby (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)


Noah, is not your typical entertain-the-kids-no-matter-how-boring-it-is kind of sitter. He's reluctant to take a sitting gig; he'd rather, well, be doing anything else, especially if it involves slacking. When Noah is watching the neighbor's kid he gets a booty call from his girlfriend in the city. To hook up with her, Noah takes to the streets, but his urban adventure spins out of control as he finds himself on the run from a maniacal drug lord. Written by 20th Century publicity

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un niñero sinvergüenza  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,851,435 (USA) (9 December 2011)


$30,538,669 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wings Fish Market where Jonah Hill goes to deliver the cash owed to the drug dealer is also the location of the final scene involving all the bike messengers in the movie, Premium Rush. See more »


When driving around in the damaged van, at one point there is a hole where the windshield is damaged, then later there is just a "spider web" with no hole. See more »


Tina: But I got your back now Noah, because I found out you got some big ass balls, man!
Noah Griffith: Can't buy underwear, balls don't fit.
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Referenced in Live at 205 (2014) See more »


Written by Shawn Lee
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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User Reviews

Get Him To The Greek of babysitting movies.
10 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look, to seriously review a movie like this or rate it with stars is ludicrous unless you're comparing it to others of its kind which case I would have given it 10 stars. This is a goofy comedy in which you must suspend disbelief continuously. That is all it was meant to be. It's just a babysitting movie, get it? Like all the rest, only it tries to bring a little freshness to the table ...and in my opinion, it does.

It showcases Jonah Hill's amazing comedic talents, and we get to see some really good performances by some child actors too. Yes, it's Hill's signature shtick, but look closely and you'll see incredible timing and a guy who is extremely capable of carrying a movie. There are some good jokes written into it, but the film completely relies on the performances, and I doubt anyone associated with it would disagree (well, let's hope they wouldn't).

In my opinion, most of the comedy works the way it was supposed to, and the few half-way serious moments do too. In terms of its edginess, it seems to up the ante on the simple formula flick that it is. It's safe to say that if it suits your sense of humor and you're willing to go for the ride, you'll have a good time. I wish people would quit over-analyzing movies like this. The bottom line is that the jokes are either your cup of tea or they are not.

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