The Sitter Add To My Top 10
Don’t Leave Your Child with This Guy
Release Date: December 09, 2011
Audience: Older teens and adults
Runtime: 81 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: David Gordon Green
Producer: Michael DeLuca
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO, Fox Movieed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Movie Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
THE SITTER is a movie with a schizophrenic mix of worldviews and messages, having a very strong pagan worldview overall with strong Romantic overtones and strong politically correct pro-homosexual dialogue, yet also trying to offer some brief light moral messages. The story follows the criminal misadventures of a hopelessly amoral babysitter over the course of a night in which he takes the three children under his charge to downtown New York City in pursuit of cocaine and sex. THE SITTER’s filmmakers are obviously aiming their movie at teenage audiences while cynically accepting an “R” rating that allows them to pretend they’re only marketing to adults.
The very first scene in THE SITTER is an extremely crude implied sex scene involving the title character. Noah is a college dropout in his early 20s. He still lives at home with his divorced mother and makes no effort at getting a job. When his mom lands a nice date, she needs him to take over a babysitting assignment for the night. However, Noah gets a call from a woman he lusts after who normally rejects him. She offers him sex if he’ll bring cocaine to her at a party, so he brings the children recklessly along for a string of misadventures. What follows includes abundant swearing, a heavy amount of drug-related humor, lots of comic violence, crude sexual content, and a casual moral attitude on nearly every level.
While this main scenario is already offensive enough to media-wise moviegoers seeking entertainment, the movie also features a long and forced dialogue scene between the sitter and a 13-year-old boy he’s assigned to protect, in which the sitter makes a huge leap of logic that the boy has secret homosexual desires but is proven right. He tells the boy not to worry, that if he gets through high school he’ll have a great time in college and as an adult, and can come out to his family later. This is clearly politically correct propaganda aimed at impressionable teenagers and other potential viewers.
The filmmakers try to provide three positive moments toward the end. In one, the sitter convinces the young girl in his care to stop wearing excessive makeup and be a normal, innocent child. In another, he decides to drops the drug-using woman in favor of the more positive one and tells the drug user that she’s better than her need for drugs and should change her life as well. He also confronts the kids’ father after he finds out the man is having an affair with his secretary and tells him to start paying renewed attention to his own wife.
These elements are overwhelmed, however, by all the movie’s immoral messages and elements, plus sloppy, slapdash direction by David Gordon Green of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS infamy. These things render THE SITTER not only mediocre moviemaking but largely abhorrent content for viewers of any age, especially because it involves children in the basic plot and some of the situations. Please see the CONTENT section above for more details.
The very first scene in THE SITTER is an extremely crude implied sex scene involving the title character. The filmmakers try to insert three positive messages toward the end, but these elements are overwhelmed by the relentless negative content in their movie. Making matters worse is the sloppy, slapdash direction that strings along a series of incidents. THE SITTER’s not only mediocre moviemaking but contains largely abhorrent content for viewers of any age, especially because its shenanigans involve children.