Adventures in Babysitting

Suburban teenager Elisabeth Shue spices up a dull babysitting evening by taking her charges to the inner city. All in the line of duty for the babysitter, who's only out to rescue a friend from a downtown Chicago bus station, but for first-time director Chris Columbus it's a real botch job. Columbus, who wrote a few Spielberg scenarios (Gremlins, The Goonies, etc) before taking this Disney plunge, goes heavy on the urban paranoia (it's Goonies adventure formula reworked to After Hours specs), though the real point of the exercise is flattering adolescent fantasies of competence and mastery (these callow Oak Parkers are a match for anything the big, bad city can throw their way). One oddly disconsolate note amid the upbeat corniness (a humiliated 14-year-old has an unrequited crush on the sitter: it's the suburban idea of tragic complication), plus some innocuous sexual teasing (Shue romancing a phallic bedpost, the Playboy bunny confusions), but none of it adds up to anything consequential. With Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, and Calvin Levels. 99 min.

Show Times

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Adventures in Babysitting

Add a review

Rating

Select a star to rate.