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The Babysitter

USA 2017
produced by
McG, Zack Schiller, Mary Viola, Steven Bello (executive), Alexander Boies (executive), Brian Duffield (executive), James McGough (executive), David Siegel (executive) for Boies Schiller Film Group, New Line, Wonderland Sound and Vision/Netflix
directed by McG
starring Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Emily Alyn Lind, Andrew Bachelor, Doug Haley, Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino, Samuel Gilbert, Zachary Alexander Rice, Doc Duhame, Jean Claude Leuyer, Miles J. Harvey, Chris Wylde, Carl McDowell, Jonathan Bray, Jimmy Warden
written by Brian Duffield, music by Douglas Pipes

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Cole (Judah Lewis) is 12, a bit of a nerd, and thus the target of many a bully. He feels neglected by his parents (Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino) and misunderstood by the world, pretty much like every 12-year old. The only person - besides maybe his cute classmate and neighbour Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) - who he really has a connectionto is his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving), who every now and again saves him from bullies, teaches him to fight, likes the same movies and the same music - and is pretty much every 12-year old's dream, as she's hot. So when his parents leave for the weekend and invite Bee over, he couldn't be happier, and the two have tons of fun together. But later that night, when he's supposed to be asleep, Cole hears Bee having a few people over - jocks Max (Robbie Amell) and John (Andrew Bachelor), goth Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), cheerleader Allison (Bella Thorne) and nerd Samuel (Doug Haley). Cole spies on them and witnesses them play truth or dare - so really harmless fun ... until Bee sticks two knives into Samuel's head, and the others, far from being shocked, try to catch dying Samuel's blood in two goblets. Of course, Cole is shocked, and he's quick to call the police, then makes an escape plan - which is cut short because Bee and company need some of his blood. Before they can get rid of Cole too though, the cops arrive - and are brutally slaughtered by Bee and friends, but that gives Cole just enough time to make good his escape. Of course, Bee's friends go after him, but he manages to bump them off one by one - much more by mistake than design though -, until it's only him and Bee left. Thing is, Bee's cleverer and more capable of all her friends combined, and knowing Cole as well as she does, she also knows his book of tricks. And she really wants his blood for a Satanic ritual ...


The Babysitter is really one of these films that's much better than it ought to be: Basically the story is stale, as is its coming-of-age undercurrent, and blatantly quoting Home Alone of all films shouldn't help either ... and yet, The Babysitter is great fun in its own right, for one because while it plays it straight, it doesn't take itself seriously at all - and that said, the film doesn't at all shy away from gruesomeness and gore. And McG's very dynamic direction really serves the story rather than drawing attention onto itself, making this one a pretty breathless ride. And of course, a very solid cast doesn't hurt either to make this pretty cool entertainment.


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