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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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When Blithe Pedulla (Landry Bender) is seen in her room at the start of the film, the TV is playing Alyssa Milano's 1988 Teen Steam workout video. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Noah first walks into his house, his mom is making tea. The kettle whistles but the lid is open so it would not make a whistle sound. 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 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »


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Written by David Wingo
Performed by Raphael Saadiq
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Make Love to the Night
11 December 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Seeing more than 100 new movies every year means strict adherence to the "gut instincts" policy of deciding which new movies to see, and which to avoid. A day after the beat down of "Shame", I was desperate for laughter, so I ignored the gut instinct and headed out to see this new comedy. Unfortunately, my gut was correct, and I am still seeking laughter.

David Gordon Green also directed Pineapple Express and Your Highness, neither my style, but both clearly comedies. Jonah Hill has quite the track record of comedy films (Cyrus), and earlier this year made his first foray into drama with "Moneyball". He has also recently lost a tremendous amount of weight, so this was to be his final "fat guy" comedy.

If you have seen the far-superior "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) with Elisabeth Shue, then you know the basic premise. Hill does his mother a favor by agreeing to babysit her friend's three kids. This proves more challenging than Hill's character expected. The kids are Slater, played by Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are); Blithe, played by Landry Bender; and Rodrigo, played by Kevin Hernandez. The kids, of course, have various afflictions, phobias and disorders ... but none as off the charts as Hill's character.

Without going into detail, the first scene is horrible and the movie somehow proceeds to get worse from there. There is bathroom humor, a run in with a drug dealer (Sam Rockwell), a bitchy girlfriend (Ari Graynor) and a confrontation with a group of African Americans featuring Method Man. Every scene is predictable and generated no laughter from me or hardly anyone else in the theater. I always say that comedies are most difficult genre to review, because everyone has a unique sense of humor ... but this one just offers so very little.

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