|Directed by:||David Gordon Green|
|Written by:||Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka|
|Cast:||Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Max Records, Method Man|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Comedy|
Actually, not enough about that previous movie. As much as Jonah Hill keeps talking about how this is a completely different and much raunchier babysitting movie he’s not even half right. It’s the EXACT same movie as ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ with a few F-bombs thrown in. But then, even ‘Adventures’ had a couple strategically-placed F-bombs. The difference here is that here they’re just thrown in for dialogue; i.e., it’s not ‘raunchy’, it’s just profanity. Any charm that the original ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ had is lost here. In the original Elizabeth Shue had to go into the city to save her friend. In this movie Noah steals the car belonging to the kid’s parents and carts them off to the Big Apple so that he can buy his ‘girlfriend’ cocaine (she promises him sex if he can deliver). With motivations that vile it’s difficult to feel anything for Noah. After all, what was he thinking when he brings the kids along for his rendezvous? Have them sit there while he and the girl do coke and have sex? The car thief villains of the original are replaced here by a crazed cocaine dealer (the over-the-top loony villain didn’t work in ‘The Green Hornet’ and it REALLY doesn’t work here either). Everything else is a copy of the first film, even having the sitter and kids showing up at the parent’s party and having them face off against members of a city gang. A few laughs, but all of the scenes copied from ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ just reminded me that the original was a much better movie. – ‘skip it’. The Wife found Jonah Hill’s antics much more amusing than I did and recommends ‘see it’.