Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Chris Columbus, Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan

     
 

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Teenager Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) would rather party with her boyfriend, but when her beau breaks their date she reluctantly accepts a babysitting job. It isn't all TV and icebox-raiding when Chris' best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls her to announce that she's stranded at the bus station. With her youthful charges in tow (one of whom, 15-year-old Brad

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Teenager Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) would rather party with her boyfriend, but when her beau breaks their date she reluctantly accepts a babysitting job. It isn't all TV and icebox-raiding when Chris' best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls her to announce that she's stranded at the bus station. With her youthful charges in tow (one of whom, 15-year-old Brad (Keith Coogan), has a hopeless crush on the babysitter), Chris heads into downtown Chicago to go to Brenda's rescue. Thus begins a roller coaster ride of comic mishaps, unexpected perils and hairbreadth escapes. IN one bit, blues singer Albert Collins refuses to allow Chris and company to leave the nightclub they've wandered into until they agree to sing along with a song borrowed from, of all things the 1939 B-picture Nancy Drew, Reporter! . Screenwriter and Steven Spielberg protégé Chris Columbus made his directorial debut with Adventures in Babysitting.

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The surprise hit Adventures in Babysitting was what catapulted Elisabeth Shue from throwaway roles, like Ralph Macchio's girlfriend in The Karate Kid, to the status of legitimate teenybopper star with a fitness for light comedy. In fact, until her Oscar-nominated turn in Leaving Las Vegas, this breezy adventure constituted Shue's most recognizable accomplishment, which may say more about her subsequent choices than the cinematic durability of her babysitter extraordinaire. Still, a good escapist potboiler like this tends to stick in the memory, especially when it's spiced up by preteen crushes and an infectious candy-coated sensibility. Like many other formulaic comedies that exceed the modest goal of supplying inoffensive family entertainment, Adventures cruises along on a combination of smart writing, energetic directing, and, perhaps most important, performances that are effortlessly familiar. As co-screenwriter and director, Chris Columbus bears a hefty responsibility for whatever lingering charms the film has, as it builds pleasingly on the child-themed adventures he penned in Gremlins and The Goonies, as well as previewing his Home Alone movies. In the capable hands of Columbus and Shue, babysitting has never been less mundane.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
UPC:
0786936825756
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
4,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elisabeth Shue Chris Parker
Maia Brewton Sara Anderson
Keith Coogan Brad Anderson
Anthony Rapp Daryl Coopersmith
Vincent D'Onofrio Dawson
Calvin Levels Joe Gibb
Penelope Ann Miller Brenda
George Newbern Dan
John Ford Noonan John Pruitt
Bradley Whitford Mike Tedwell
John Davis Chandler Bleak
Allan Aarons Actor
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Ron Canada Graydon
Dan Ziskie Mr. Anderson
Lolita Davidovich College girl at frat party
John Dee Old Man
Marcia Bennett Nurse
Monica Devereux Teenage Runaway
Rummy Bishop Janitor #2
Rick Goldman Adulterer
Deryck Hazel Maitre D
John Hemphill Drunk at Party
Clark Johnson Black Gang Leader
Sam Moses Dr. Nuhkbane
Les Nirenberg Fat Man
Juan Ramirez Chicano Leader
Richard Rebiere Friend
Sandi Ross Bag Lady
Linda Sorenson Mrs. Anderson
Walt Woodson Gang Member
Albert Collins Blues Club Performer
Kirsten Kieferle Sesame

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Screenwriter
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Dunphy Production Designer
Judith R. Gellman Costumes/Costume Designer
Raja Gosnell Editor
Todd Hallowell Production Designer
Debra Hill Producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Gregory Keen Art Director
Lynda Obst Producer
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
David Simkins Screenwriter
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Ric Waite Cinematographer

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Adventures in Babysitting 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 3 months ago
One of my all time favorites, next to other classics like Goonies, etc. This one from the story to the performances, and that soundtrack. The nostalgia!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just a loving little girl,who cares for others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie with my girlfriends is one of my fondest memories as a teenager. Elizabeth Shue gives an awesome performance, including the classic lip-sync in the opening scene. George Newbern is the 'knight in shining armor' - we could hardly believe when he was then the groom in 'Father of the Bride'. Penelope Ann Miller - another classic performance, great one liners. And you gotta love when Elizabeth Shue sings the blues! Also great performance by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in the frat house scene. Definitely one to make you smile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Elizabeth Shue gives a great performance. I loved the soundtrack to this movie but I can't find it anywhere. I loved Albert Collins and the song they all did - Remember Noone leaves here without singing the blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think I've seen this movie at least 100 times and I never get tired of it. I think it is so funny and I love Darryl! (ya think?) I always have wanted to have an exciting babysitting job like Chris has, but so far it's been typical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this movie its really awesome i love the part on the subway and how they got on home its a really nice 80's film from 1987 although i was only 2 later on i seen the movie and really enjoyed it and Daryl's quote saying ya think? LoL very funny a real cool movie love it! also the litte girl who loves Thor her hero !
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