Film Review: The Sitter

 
 

Title: The Sitter

Director: David Gordon Green

Starring: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell and Max Records.

Release Date: 20th January

The Sitter tells the story of serial slacker and college drop-out Noah (Jonah

Hill) as he babysits the Pedulla children – three troubled and troublesome kids.

Noah, who is promised a night of sex with his girlfriend, if he can supply her with

cocaine from crazy drug dealer Karl (Sam Rockwell), drags the kiddies along

for the ride, encountering gangs, cops, drugs and violence all while teaching the

kids about the importance of being themselves. It is a film full of ‘shart’ jokes,

exploding toilets, party crashing, auto-theft and various other obvious but idiotic

attempts at humour, making it, from start to finish, a cinematic train wreck.

Considering that director David Gordon Green (the man behind Pineapple

Express and hit comedy show Eastbound & Down) is teamed with usually

reliable funny man, Jonah Hill (Superbad and Get Him to the Greek) expectations

for The Sitter were reasonably high. But one only has to recall the painfully stupid

and unfunny Your Highness to remember that Green is a director who has a habit of

spectacularly missing the comedic mark. Sadly this film, like Your Highness, fails to

combine the better aspects of both Green and Hill, delivering a film that’s rife with

missed opportunities. The Sitter is a very familiar, crude and silly re-telling of the

classic films Adventures in Babysitting and Uncle Buck. Those references being

the best compliment the film can hope to get. While Adventures in Babysitting

was innovative, enjoyable and intelligent, The Sitter acts as the rude re-boot,

walking the strange line between completely immature content and scenes of

an adult nature. It is therefore a film that doesn’t really have or know its target

audience. It is too silly for comedy fans to really enjoy and too mature for children

to embrace. Chief blame for this film lies with the writers, Brian Gatewood and

Alessandro Tanaka, whose script is more like a Hollywood pitch or a first draft as

opposed to any kind of acceptable final script.

The sole decent thing to emerge from this film is the child actors who do supply

some touching moments (noticeably with Where the Wild Things Are actor

Max Records) and occasionally some light and humorous laughs from Kevin

Hernandez. They certainly have bright futures if they were able to survive this

boring and confused comedy.

In a Nutshell: A predictable, unfunny and awful film that bores rather than

entertains. Avoid it if you value 81 minutes of your time.

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