Adventures in Babysitting

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"She thought babysitting was easy money - until she started hanging out with the Andersons."
  • PG-13
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.9  (48,436)
  • 45

Adventures in Babysitting is a classic 1987 American action-adventure comedy film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Elisabeth Shue as the main protagonist. The movie follows Chris Parker, a high school senior who is looking forward to a quiet night of babysitting. However, she soon receives a frantic call from her best friend and neighbor, Brenda, who is stranded at a downtown Chicago bus station after running away from home. Against Chris's better judgment, she takes Brenda's younger brother and sister with her, and they embark on a wild, impromptu trip through the city in search of Brenda.

Along the way, the group encounters a series of outrageous characters and bizarre situations, including an underground jazz club, a chop shop, a gang of car thieves, and even a brief appearance by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. The hijinks escalate as the night goes on, with Chris and the kids dodging danger at every turn and barely escaping a variety of hair-raising predicaments.

Throughout the film, Elisabeth Shue shines as the intrepid and resourceful Chris, who rises to the occasion time and time again to protect and care for her young charges. Alongside her are the lovable and precocious Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton), as well as a host of colorful supporting characters, including a sympathetic homeless man and a glamorous mechanic.

Adventures in Babysitting was a critical and commercial success upon its release, earning praise for its energetic pace, imaginative story, and strong performances. It has since become a beloved cult classic, hailed by audiences of all ages for its blend of comedy, action, and heart.

One of the most memorable aspects of the film is its soundtrack, which features a mix of classic hits from the 60s and 70s, as well as original songs composed by British musician Michael Gore. From the upbeat opening theme to the haunting ballad "Then He Kissed Me," the music adds an extra layer of emotional resonance to the film and helps to establish its unique tone.

Overall, Adventures in Babysitting is a rollicking, feel-good adventure that has stood the test of time. Its engaging characters, wacky premise, and lively sense of humor make it a must-see for anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned romp through the city. So gather the family and get ready for a wild, unforgettable night out with Chris, Brad, and Sara, as they prove that anything can happen when you're on an adventure in babysitting.

Adventures in Babysitting is a 1987 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 45.

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    1 hr 42 min
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    6.9  (48,436)
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