The Sitter [2011] ★★

“The Sitter” is far from the disaster it’s been made out to be in some reviews…nor is it an unqualified success. How you feel about it will have a lot to do with your age and gender. Younger audiences might think it was the greatest movie ever made, a wish fulfillment comedy  featuring lots of silly characters. Parents on the other hand might have quite another view. Using the template of such comedies as “Superbad”, Jonah Hill plays a college dropout who doesn’t have a job, and can’t seem to stand for himself (that includes him being used by his slutty girlfriend Marissa). In other words, he’s a loser. But a likable loser. We’ve seen Hill portray that same character in many movies. In “The Sitter” however, he is ready to take things to a whole new level, when he is asked to babysit three annoying children. Anyone who has seen the trailer should have a pretty good idea of what to expect next. Things will eventually go out of control, as they should. In terms of plot, I’ll say no more. Suffices to say that “The Sitter” will definitely not appeal to everyone, especially moviegoers who think that young kids acting like adults is in bad taste. Let’s face it: as filmmaking, “The Sitter” is a disaster. As a crazy movie, it might be exactly what you’re looking for.  Either way, it isn’t Jonah Hill’s best moment (that would be “Moneyball”). It’s a mildly amusing farce, but a far cry from “Superbad” or even “Get Him To The Greek”. You might still enjoy a few gags here (some of them featuring  Sam Rockwell as a crazy cocaine dealer), but at the end of the day, “The Sitter” is just not enough.

Rating: 2/4

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