- Actors: Elisabeth Shue, Penelope Ann Miller, Vincent D'Onofrio, John Chandler, Keith Coogan
- Directors: Chris Columbus
- Writers: David Simkins
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
- Release Date: March 1 2005
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6305428050
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,502 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Adventures in Babysitting (Bilingual)
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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue, THE KARATE KID, CALL TO GLORY) agrees to babysit after her "dream" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV ... and boredom. But when her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair-raising adventures! Babysitter and kids leave their safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city, never imagining how terrifyingly funny their expedition will become!
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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a special addition. I don't know call me crazy. Also, a trailer is not an extra unless it is Redband.
This 80's comedy has aged well, with scenes that still make you laugh or sigh. Elizabeth Shue is at her loveliest. She does not look 17, the age of her character, but who cares! The teen and child actors do a great job with their roles,especially Maia Brewton as 8-year old Sara.
What teen comedies should be.
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.
ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
Chris Parker: Elisabeth Shue
Sara Anderson: Maia Brewton
Brad Anderson: Keith Coogan
Daryl Coopersmith: Anthony Rapp
Joe Gipp: Calvin Levels
Dawson/"Thor": Vincent D'Onofrio
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: David Simkins
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