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Adventures in Babysitting (Bilingual)

Elisabeth Shue , Penelope Ann Miller , Chris Columbus    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Way before she grabbed an Oscar nomination for her searing performance as a world-weary prostitute in Leaving Las Vegas, Elisabeth Shue was known as one of the squeaky-clean actresses of the '80s. Having made a splash in The Karate Kid and the '60s-nostalgia TV series Call to Glory, Shue cemented her good-girl reputation with the charming but badly titled Adventures in Babysitting. Set in the John Hughes-style suburbs of Chicago, the titular adventures follow babysitter Chris (Shue), who agrees to watch the Anderson kids (Keith Coogan and Maia Brewton) when her boyfriend cancels their anniversary date. All is quiet on the home front until Chris is called upon to rescue her best friend (Penelope Ann Miller, also doing good-girl duty) from the seedy downtown bus station. She can't leave the kids, and she can't leave her friend alone in the big bad city, so she packs everyone in the station wagon and heads into Chicago. Screwball craziness begins as they encounter car thieves, knife-wielding gangs, gun-toting truck drivers, and, worst of all, Chris's duplicitous boyfriend. It's hardly mature entertainment, but Shue makes it work; when she wins over the audience at a blues club with her improv singing, you'll be won over, too. In his directorial debut, Chris Columbus (who later when on to helm the sap-fests Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone) gently skewers the suburbia white-bread mindset of the main characters, and plays up the comedy over the schmaltz with a subtlety of which he now seems incapable; the near romance between Shue and Coogan is played lightly and adorably. Look for brief appearances by art-house faves Lolita Davidovich as a college party girl and Vincent D'Onofrio as an unlikely savior. --Mark Englehart

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5.0 out of 5 stars Babysitting Is Dangerous! Oct. 18 2003
By Samhot
Format:DVD
Chris Parker is in for one hell of a night!
A babysitter, Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) was looking forward to a date with her boyfriend, but he decides to cancel, and she's left feeling disappointed, of course. But, more importantly, she decides to keep an eye on kids Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton) while their parents attend a gathering. However, Chris is suddenly faced with a challenge when her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) is scared to death, as she lands in a seedy downtown Chicago bus station, during her attempt to runaway from home. Chris has to make a choice: stay home with the kiddies, or go downtown to rescue her friend. Of course, she chooses the latter option, and takes the kids with her. Meanwhile, Brad's sex-obsessed best friend, Daryl (Anthony Rapp) happens to blackmail the gang into letting him come along for the ride. And from there, the action begins.
The kids bump into one misadventure after another in the mean streets of urban Chicago. From flat tire accidents, to auto theft, to gang fights, to secret criminal operation headquarter drop-ins, and then some -- somehow, no matter where they turn, these kids find themselves caught up in one catastrophe after another, so to speak. And, of course, their biggest challenge - other than making it through all the chaos in one piece - is to rescue Brenda, and make it back home before the parents arrive.
While the attributes of the film that were mentioned above sound pretty disturbing -- at least for a film aimed at the younger audience, there's very little that's dangerous in this film -- all of these elements are made to be kid - or rather - pre-adolescent-friendly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody gets this DVD without singing the blues. Sept. 14 2003
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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) is all set for an anniversary date with her boyfriend, when he cancels on her, citing a sick little sister. With nothing better to do for the evening, she accepts an offer to babysit for the Andersons. She settles in with Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton), her charges, for a night of boredom, when her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls from a downtown bus station, saying that she ran away from home and then chickened out. Bundling the kids and Brad's friend Daryl (Anthony Rapp) into the car, she goes to get Brenda. The mishaps start with a flat tire, and go downhill from there.
Subplots include a chop-shop, a Playmate who looks like Chris in the current issue of Playboy, and Brenda's waiting at the bus station; where she loses her glasses, mistakes a sewer rat for a kitty, and finds out that snack bars don't take checks when she tries to get a hot dog, with the classic line "But I don't have cash!" "Then I don't have a wiener!"
The movie was a smash hit, and launched many a career. The main actors are great, with the secondary actors doing a fine job as well. The story seems like "Vacation" in the city, but that's its charm. Chris Columbus' directorial debut, and would later direct Home Alone, "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" and "Mrs. Doubtfire". The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, and has some grain, but is good. The audio is a clear Dolby Surround 2.0. The extras are a huge disappointment, with the only extra being Touchstone's Film Reccomendations (One of those stupid screens where you get movies the distributor thinks you will like). Nice DVD, but it warrants a special edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I need a babysitter! Nov. 23 2002
Format:DVD
It took me all of the opening 2 minutes of this film to remember why I had such an enormous crush on Elisabeth Shue while I was in high school. Nowadays she is a serious actress with excellent honors and awards to her credit. Back in her early Thespian days, however, she was just plain adorable.
As you might expect, the movie is about a routine babysitting job that goes awry. Kris (Shue) reluctantly drives from the suburbs to the inner-city of Chicago with 3 kids she's supposed to be watching over. On her way to pick up a flighty friend who wanted to run away, her mom's station-wagon gets a flat tire. Let's just say that the rest of the evening is all downhill from there!
While the adventures are off-the wall, the plot does maintain a certain cohesion as all of the adventures are linked together nicely. The film also serves as a funny satire of what happens to naive suburbanites when they end up on the "wrong" side of the inner-city. Along the way, the kids even pass thru the university of Chicago which is, despite its reputation as an elite academic institution, most ASSUREDLY located on a rough side of Chicago.
This film is highly recommended for all persons who enjoy adolescent comedies. If you look up "fun movie" in the dictionary, you just might find this movie listed as an example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Babysitter was NEVER this Fun! Aug. 31 2002
By Josh
Format:DVD
Elisabeth Shue is Chris Parker, a normal seventeen year old who begins the night with an ordinary babysitting job, sitting two normal suburban children, Sarah and Brad. After her friend - Brenda (Penelope Anne Miller) -- calls from a bus station in the city (Chicago), stating that she has runaway from home and needs Chris' support, Chris takes off to the city with Brad, Sarah, and Brad's friend, Daryl. What should have been a 30 minute ride to the bus station turns into a run through the city as the group of four encounter car thieves, weird mechanics, and a place where nobody leaves without singing the blues.
Adventures in Babysitting is THE fun movie of the 80s. Well, THE fun movie that doesn't contain little monsters, goonies, or Tom Hanks. As we follow the quartet through Chicago, we are introduced to hilarious scenes and crazy antics as they get themselves in the middle of a car heist, a cheating wife and her enraged husband, and many more. I must say that one of the biggest highlights of the film is the Blues Bar scene where Elisabeth Shue and the kids absolutely have to sing before leaving the bar. It's great.
The films is full of great characters. Elisabeth Shue is vibrant as Chris Parker, the babysitter gal. Her interaction with the kids was great, and she handled her leading status with ease. Maia Brewton is little Sarah who offers a lot of the laughs in the movie. She was awesome - I wonder where she is now? Keith Coogan and Anthony Rapp (Rent! Mark in Rent! I love Rent!) are Brad and Daryl, and both stay true to their roles and make them entertaining. But did anyone else want to occasionally strangle Anthony Rapp for that laugh?! We also see the likes of a young Penelope Anne Miller and Vincent D'Onofrio in cameo roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love this movie very fun
Published 1 month ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
This is my all time favourite film - an "average" rated, critically ignored fun film from 1987. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ScholarlySprite
5.0 out of 5 stars 25th anniversery huh?
Watched this many times growing up with friends on VHS. Classic fun film to watch. To me this is one movie that seems like what can happen in real, i mean what happens in the film... Read more
Published 4 months ago by I. Sangoya
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie in the Category ever !
Elisabeth is the most wonderful woman in the world and I will love here forever. Here performance in this movie was simply wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by Manny Decker
3.0 out of 5 stars 25th Anniversary Addition, Tbbbbb!
I enjoy the movie, which is why I bought it, but if you advertise a 25th anniversary edition there should be something extra to make it
a special addition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as expected
My daughter loved this when she was a child and was purchased for Mother's Day from her daughter. She was delighted to view it again.
Published 15 months ago by marys
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Published 16 months ago by lion2929
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best/Worst Night
Elisabeth Shue was brilliant in this movie. The movie moved well and was realistic enough that it was fun to watch.
Published 20 months ago by Skippy56
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite 80's comedies!
I've been watching this movie since I was a little kid. All the cast are very funny. I think it gets funnier as it ages because it's so deliciously 80's! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Shannon Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
What a great movie!! Just loved it, lots of funny scenes, good acting & a cute plot with a romantic ending. A big 5 Star rating!
Published on April 16 2011 by Misty
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