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.