The Sitter

Crass and uncouth, but good guy at heart, Noah Griffith (Jonah Hill), is dead weight living on his mom’s dime. So, when his mom gets the opportunity to go out on a date and be happy for the first time in ages Noah steps up to be a sitter of three challenging pre-teens. But, before his stint is over, a manipulative girlfriend (Ari Graynor) turns the thumb screws and Noah jumps at the chance to help her. Unfortunately, this is a choice that will put Noah and the kids in contact with warped drug dealers, angry thugs, stolen diamonds, and a Bar Mitzvah, not necessarily in that order and in a loose homage to the 1987 classic Adventures in Babysitting. Edgy and sometimes offensive, it’s clearly a film centered around the new breed of humor that’s been festering for the last few years right in Hill’s strike zone; and, to his credit, it’s a hit. From absurd situations, fast jive talking, to cherry bombs in toilets we run the gamut here and I have to admit, as skeptical as I was to begin with, it actually works. Laughs are had, life lessons are learned, and everything gets wrapped up with a shiny bow. I guess you could call it the unconventional feel good film of the season. The Sitter is rated R.