I don’t have anything much dramatic, or creative, or funny to say about “The Sitter”.
I have to say, my muse is failing me right now.
“The Sitter” is a tepid comedy about a reluctant babysitter who has to oversee three behaviourally challenged children, then makes some unfathomably irresponsible choices, and winds up in a series of completely implausible situations.
Unfortunately, in spite of all the far-fetched, ridiculous reaches of its plotline, none of it is all that funny.
Jonah Hill’s character agrees to babysit the children of his mother’s friend, so that his mother can go out on a blind date. Of course, the children that he winds up being tasked with aren’t just your average, normal children, they’re a psychologically disturbed young boy, a foreign foster child fond of explosives, and a pre-teen celebutant wanna be who makes herself up like young, drunken Tammy Faye Baker might. Within two minutes of meeting them, the young girl is assaulting him with her perfume, he’s threatening her, and the foster child is wantonly breaking things around the house.
And that’s before the outrageous plot points begin.
No sooner have the parents left than he gets a call from his quasi-”girlfriend” that she’ll have sex with him if he can get to her within a few hours and pick her up some cocaine along the way. So, of course, Hill drags the children out of the house in his efforts to score drugs and get laid. Before you know it, they’re being chased by guido the killer pimp (Sam Rockwell in a decidedly unfunny turn), having their mini-van stolen, robbing a Bat Mitzvah, knocking over a jewelry shop, getting accosted by the cops, walking the streets of Chinatown, spending time in a ghetto pool hall and getting into a car chase.
But along the way, there’s time for everyone to work all their issues out and become better people.
I wouldn’t have had as much of a problem with the far-fetched nature of the occurrences if they had been supported better by the humor. Dont get me wrong, there’s certainly a laugh or two here or there, I mean, little foul-mouthed kids are always good for a chuckle or two, and I’m a big fan of child endangerment in film. But things just aren’t that funny. I hate to have to judge Jonah Hill’s potential as a comedic lead from this. He might have a decent scene here or there, but for the most part, he seems bored. And the material isn’t strong enough to stand on its own.
It’s not terribly bad, it’s just not anything good. I can’t recommend people leave their house or spend their money to see it. It’s being pushed as an R Rated “Adventures in Babysitting”, but I don’t think its worthy.
It was “Ok”, I guess.