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Adventures in Babysitting Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Sitter's misadventures are mostly light fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie does include some violent scenes, but they're mostly fodder for jokes that center on the vivid imaginations of kids from the 'burbs. A "stab wound" results in just one stitch; criminals chase the kids through the city, but not for the sinister reason they think. You'll also find some guns, fistfights, and one scary moment where a little girl tries to escape a high-rise building by climbing out a window. The movie is also a little racy, with talk of Playboy magazine and a surprising number of sexual innuendos.

  • Families can talk about whether Chris made the right decision by taking the children into the city. What could she have done differently when her friend calls her from the bus station? What would have been the sensible, "grown-up" thing to do?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Overall, the movie's teens and children are portrayed as good, although a babysitter demonstrates rather poor judgment by taking kids into the city. A teen boy repeatedly makes sex jokes; he and a friend also look at a Playboy magazine. Some adult characters are involved in criminal activities, such as car theft. A little girl wanders away in the city and narrowly escapes danger.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Jokes center on the vivid imaginations of kids from the 'burbs. A "stab wound" results in just one stitch; criminals chase the kids through the city, but not for the sinister reason they think. The babysitter's scary story about a murderer with a hook for a hand makes the kids scared stiff of a tow truck driver they meet with a hook for a hand -- he does pull a shot gun, but on his wife's lover as he runs from his house. Men punch each other in various fistfights. A little girl tries to escape a high-rise building by climbing out a window. A man reveals a gun under his coat to a teen girl.

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    Sex: Some kissing, including a teen boy and an older college girl making out at a party. A running gag involves a female character's resemblance to a Playboy centerfold. An exchange between a hot dog vendor and his customer is played for laughs, with the word "wiener" having a sexual connotation. A prostitute propositions a teen boy. A drunk college girl asks a teen boy, "Wanna go to bed?"

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    Language: Some profanity, such as "f--k," "s--t" "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and "Jesus." A teenage boy refers to a comic book superhero as a "homo."

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    Consumerism: Visible products include Cap'n Crunch cereal, a Coke machine, and a Nestlé Crunch chocolate bar. References are also made to Häagen-Dazs and Clearasil.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters drink cocktails at a swanky party. College students are shown drinking alcohol and playing drinking games at a frat party.

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