"Don’t Leave Your Child with This Guy"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPaPa, RoRo, PCPC, HoHo, B, LLL, VV, SS, AA, DDD, MMM) Very strong somewhat mixed pagan worldview and elements with strong Romantic elements, strong politically correct pro-homosexual dialogue involving adult man and 13-year-old and some light moral elements; well over 100 profanities and obscenities, including many variations of the “f” word and at least 20 uses of “JC” and other forms of God’s name in vain, as well as plenty of uses of “s,” “h,” and other words, plus 8-year-old girl raps along to songs with risqué lyrics; strong comic violence in several scenes such as a couple of car chases where the two children being babysat are imperiled along with the adult sitter, bad guys threaten them with guns and the children wind up throwing cherry bombs into their vehicle which leads to an explosion and crash, children help sitter from being beaten up by a mixed marital arts star after he’s already been tossed around the room, this scene features a 13-year-old boy knocking a skateboard into a villain’s skull before the little girl punches the bad guy in the testicles with both fists and a Latino boy bites one bad guy’s ear, Latino boy destroys multiple valuable items like glass vases in his parents’ home just to show sitter that he’s tough, boy launches mini cherry bombs in at least two public toilets, creating great damage to the facilities that are played for laughs; strong sexual content and references include crude opening scene implies oral sex, graphic discussion of oral sex, male lead jokes with his own mother about both his own sex life and hers, and protagonist reluctantly agrees to get cocaine for woman in return for sex; upper male nudity, female cleavage, muscle-bound men in skimpy shorts and no tops, and women in tight dresses; alcohol use and abuse; references to cocaine include man enlisted to babysit enlisted adult babysitter reluctantly agrees to get cocaine for women in return for sex but doesn’t reveal mission to two children he’s with but cocaine container breaks while he’s driving, and he gets it all over his face though he doesn’t appear to get high from it; and, very strong immorality and problems include divorced mother, poor role models for children, babysitter tells 8-year-old his name Noah comes from the Bible and she says “The Bible is hot,” stealing, frequent lying and deception, babysitter leads children into cleaning up their house not to be nice but to keep out of trouble with their parents, college dropout makes no effort to get a job, and 8-year-old girl wears pancake makeup to emulate party girls like Kim Kardashian and their clubbing lifestyle, but babysitter convinces her that’s not good and to be a normal child.
THE SITTER is an abhorrent comedy that’s cynically intended for teenagers while rated R for adults.
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.
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