Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don't *beep* with the baby-sitter!

Adventures in Baby-Sitting
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Anthony Rapp, Keith Coogan, Maia Brewton
Released: 7/01/87

Ah, yes, Adventures in Baby-Sitting. This has been a favorite of mine for years; I've seen it countless times, it was the movie of choice at slumber parties. I always get a kick out of watching it even though I can pretty much recite the entire thing verbatim and I know what's going to happen in each scene.

In case you're one of the few people who haven't seen this movie yet (shame on you!), here's a quick synopsis: Shue plays Chris, a senior in high school who is getting ready to go on a date with her boyfriend (played by Bradley Whitford, haha. I remember watching this after The West Wing aired and I was like, "OMG! It's Josh Lyman!"). He tells her he has to cancel because his sister is sick so instead she ends up baby-sitting for Sarah Anderson. Her older brother, Brad, has a crush on Chris, so he decides to stay home instead of going over to his friend Darryl Coopersmith's (played by Rapp) house. Meanwhile, Chris's BFF, Brenda has run away from home and is stuck at a bus station and calls Chris to help her because she has no money. So Chris ends up taking Sarah, Brad, and Darryl into Chicago to pick her up and of course one bad thing after another happens...

It's almost comical how '80s this film is. Exhibit A: when Brenda tells Chris how her stepmom is driving her crazy, she says she's going to "spike her Tab with Drano". It took me a few seconds to remember that Tab is a nasty Cola from the '80s. Exhibit B: Sarah's backpack has a picture of Gizmo on it and in her room in the background you can see a stuffed animal of a blue and purple monster with fangs. A quick search from Google told me it was called My Pet Monster. Exhibit C: When they get stranded on the expressway, Chris doesn't even have a cell phone to call for help (well, she did leave her purse at the house - what an idiot!) But I don't think teens in the '80s had cell phones, not like they do today anyway. While it's true that this film is dated (very dated!), I don't mind. It's like taking a nostalgic trip back to the '80s when I watch this.

I do my "impression" of the bad guy:

The scene that ALWAYS makes me cringe:

This movie is chock full of ridiculous scenes, but this is probably the most ridiculous:

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