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Adventures in Babysitting (Bilingual)

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  • 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: PG-13
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 1 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305428050
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,110 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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!

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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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A teenage boy who doesn't want to be babysat unless it's by the hot babe. The hot babe's lost friend in the city trying to feed a rat since her glasses broke. A trip to the city where the car breaks down. A hooked hand tow truck driver. A mechanic the youngest girl takes to be Thor. What's not to love in this movie. Escaping the clutches of the mob and scaling the building the parents just happen to be in. Well this is the 80's and man was it glorious. I watched this movie so many times as a child.
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After her boyfriend Mike unexpectedly cancels their anniversary date, Chris (Elizabeth Shue) is talked into babysitting the Anderson's 8-year old daughter, Sara (Maia Brewton), while the parents attend a party. Sara's 15-year old brother, Brad, is supposed to go to his friend Daryl's house to spend the night, but changes his mind when he finds out Chris is babysitting (he has a crush on her). After receiving a frantic phone call from her girlfriend who has run away from home and is hold up in a downtown Chicago bus station, Chris plans to go alone to pick her up, but is coerced by Brad, Sara and Daryl into taking them along. That's when the adventure begins!

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.
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Fun from the 80s, and holds up surprisingly well! Great performances from lovely Elisabeth Shue and all the kids, and look for a nice surprise--Vincent D'Onofrio is gorgeous and almost unrecognizable as Thor, god of Thunder (sort of). Still a great watch!
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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 that can actually happen in real life.
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This is my all time favourite film - an "average" rated, critically ignored fun film from 1987. See a young Elizabeth Shue, and her cast of charges, as they frolic through Chicago one Saturday evening.
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j ai aimer le regarder dans le temps et la en blu ray sur mon ordinateur encore mieux une super belle image que j avais pas dans le temps merci amazon pour se film que sur eBay que je rest $$ plus chere et le transport super vite wow avec u p s j aime sa cool
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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. I don't know call me crazy. Also, a trailer is not an extra unless it is Redband.
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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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