Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Chris Columbus directs Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton and Keith Coogan in the kids action comedy where a reluctant babysitter drags her underage wards into a night of scrapes, chases and horrendous luck in the big city.

After Hours… but you know, for kids! When I made my first ever list of favourite films in felt tip in a reporter’s notepad at a tender 10 years old… this… THIS… made the Top 20. And to be honest it holds up pretty well thanks to a spirited lead turn by Elisabeth Shue. She looks great here (I believed in the running joke where she is constantly mistaken for this month’s Playboy centrefold) and her nascent starpower keeps the energy going no matter how contrived the nightmare situations they find themselves in. Or jokeless some of those set pieces are. Only Penelope Ann Miller’s night in the bus station from hell produces consistent laughs. It is ultimately a throwaway children’s film. It ain’t perfect. Some of the most enjoyment we sifted from this cautious return viewing was figuring out what swears and derogatory terminology Disney+ had wobbly censored with more innocent words. Yet it spins its shaggy dog story with a slick persuasiveness. Very 1987… well worth a 3 night rental 😉


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One comment

  1. Sam Simon · July 8, 2020

    For some reason I don’t think this was popular in Italy when I was younger… Even though Home Alone was constantly on TV, and that’s still Columbus + comedy + young audiences!


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