I wish I could say this was an iconic movie that everyone can enjoy, but it’s not. I wish I could say this is one of Jonah Hill’s better roles, but it’s not. I am sorry to say that “The Sitter” was less than amusing. This is going to be a short review because there is so little worth mentioning.
Written by: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka
Staring: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor and Sam Rockwell
“The Sitter” follows a college dropout named Noah Griffith (Jonah Hill). He winds up babysitting a bunch of kids so his mom can get one night out for herself. All three of the children have crazy personalities and are constantly causing trouble. While Noah has to handle the brats, his girlfriend calls and asks for drugs. If Noah gets them, she will finally have full-on sex with him. As you might have guessed, Noah’s sex drive drives the story on to wild adventures. He gets tangled with a drug lord, accused of being a pedophile, robs some stores, and gets initiated into a gang.
I would now like to pay attention to the three little devils that make Noah’s life hell. I think the best acting performances came from the kids. The best and most shocking performance comes from the little girl named Blithe (Landry Bender). Movies involving children have become cliche in the sense that you cannot believe the kind of language these kids have. Blithe is one of the characters that is taken over the top! She curses. She dresses up like a hooker. I’m sort of scared for this girl. The other two boys give equally shocking performances. One boy has anxiety over repressing deep dark feelings; the other is an adopted Latino boy who likes to blow up toilets.
“The Sitter” was very slow to begin. The second half of the movie was way more amusing than the first half. In the beginning, the kids were annoying and always causing problems, but in the second half cliche-man strikes again: the children and up working together with Noah and resolve their differences. This follows the same path as such movies as “Are We There Yet?” and “Daddy Day Care.” The antics are ridiculous but there is no depth.
The only thing creative in this movie was the playlist. The songs they choose were funny and appropriate. Other than that, I wasn’t floored and you won’t be either. Probably best not to waste your time. Do you know what I’m looking forward to next? “Tin Tin.” I can’t wait for that movie. I read “Tin Tin” comics in French while I spent my childhood summers in Paris. The commercials look great. Look for my next review soon.