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The Sitter Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Pick a different adventure. Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

A piece of sit. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    There's nothing wrong in the setup: It worked fine in films like "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Uncle Buck." But director David Gordon Green populates the movie with so many soap opera asides it's hard to keep count.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A needlessly frenzied, pseudo-raunch comedy that whips up a whole lot of R-rated antics only to arrive at crunchy PG-13 lessons in love and tolerance.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Hill shows less snark and agitation than usual here, and the restraint serves him well.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Hard-R misadventures are crazy and crass but still funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this "babysitter gone wild" comedy may target teens -- especially those who are already Jonah Hill fans -- it has so many hard-R references to sex, drugs, and violence that it's not age appropriate for young teens. There's near-constant use of expletives (from the ubiquitous "motherf--ker" to "bitch" and everything in between), jokes about sex, a guy-on-girl oral sex scene, overt cocaine buying and use, references to a young teen's homosexuality, and plenty of sketchy and/or criminal behavior. Adoptive families may not appreciate the way the subject of adoption is depicted. It's all intended for laughs (what kind of college-aged student would really take three kids to a drug dealer's lair?), but that doesn't mean it's OK for younger viewers, so be prepared to stick to your guns if you have tweens and young teens who want to see it. Note: The unrated version (available on DVD) includes additional content not included in the theatrical release, including a topless woman.

  • Families can talk about whether The Sitter is intended to have positive take-aways, or if it's just meant to be funny. Does learning life lessons justify the craziness?
  • Bullying is mentioned as a part of both Noah's background and Slater's future. Teens: What's the best way to handle bullying?
  • What's the appeal of "raunchy" comedies? Do they cross the line? Who determines where that line falls?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Despite the raunchy stuff and general craziness, there are a few positive messages in the movie: the oldest son learns to accept who he is, the adopted son realizes he doesn't have to be confrontational just to get a rise out of his new family, and the daughter sees that she doesn't need to act like a reality star (make-up, singing, provocative dancing) to be likable. Even Noah realizes that he deserves to be with someone who likes him back and doesn't take him for granted.

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    Role models: There are basically no positive role models except for Roxanne, who offers to help Noah even though he's done nothing to deserve her compassion and consideration. Noah's mom is also kind and thinks the best of her slacker son, but she's barely in the movie.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Rodrigo likes to put cherry bombs in toilets, which blow up in a restaurant, a jewelry store, and then in a car, causing the driver's crotch to catch on fire. The drug dealer's goons chase after Noah and the kids, causing a car accident. Noah accepts a sucker punch to the face to give him street cred and later gets into a fight with a kickboxer who beats him up until the kids come to the rescue. The drug dealer wields a gun. There's a scene in which a character is beaten by a gang of angry onlookers.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Although there's no nudity, the movie begins with a scene of a clothed guy performing simulated oral sex on a mostly dressed girl. He then tries to get her to reciprocate, but she refuses. Later she offers to have sex if he does her a favor. Also lots of conversations about sex, pornography, adulterous sexual relationships between babysitters and their employers, and genitalia. A young girl sings the lyrics to bawdy rap songs and calls things and people "hot."

  • language false5

    Language: Virtually constant swearing, even in front of (or by!) the three kids, includes expletives such as "f--k," "motherf--ker," "d--k," "p---y," "t-ts," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more. Spanish curse words are also included via young Rodrigo: "puta," "pendejo," "carajo," "púdrete," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Featured brands and products include Mercedes, Honda Odyssey, Apple computer, iPod.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A major subplot involves Noah buying some cocaine from an eccentric drug dealer who snorts it and offers some to him. Noah's pseudo-girlfriend is drunk at a party and asks him to buy her the cocaine. Adults at a few different venues -- a bat mitzvah, a pool hall, the drug dealer's place, a house party -- drink alcohol.

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