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April 6, 2012

‘The Sitter’ somehow works with raunchy, wacky antics

DVD Review

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — In amongst all the film plots which don’t quite fit the trailer excitement, it’s important for me to on purpose throw in stuff with a guaranteed level of terrible. This flick certainly fits the awful category in just about every way possible, but my need to laugh at absurdity has to be filled in the hours “The Daily Show” is not on the air.

Admittedly, I almost entirely avoid the baby sitter comedy scenario at theater ticket prices since the torture that was “The Pacifier,” but with the sugar coated approached seemingly distant, a rental entered the realm of chance. It pretty much sunk to or lived up to (whichever you prefer) all expectations of raunchyness, but had enough entertainment value to avoid most elements of torture. “The Sitter” is not for the easily offended and will step on a few toes in an all too familiar low-brow formula.

The story follows a 100 percent Grade A loser named Noah (Jonah Hill), who is pretty much content being a college drop out that mooches off his mom. He is guilted into taking on a baby sitting gig so she can go out on a date which leads to meeting three nightmarish children named Slater (Max Records), Blithe (Landry Bender) and Rodrigo (Rodrigo).

What follows is a deeper journey into moronville where he is suckered into helping out Marisa (Ari Graynor), a woman pretending to be his girlfriend get drugs. Along with each of the kids coming clean on each of their physiologist worthy problems, he has to keep finding out new ways to not be killed because of his decisions. After considering those thoughts, on the surface it does sound like the audience would need to confess to a priest if they watched it.

Short of Gestapo actions to prevent bad parenting, I do not suggest letting any children come anywhere near watching this. Short of actually showing nudity, if there’s a form of adult content, rest assured they find a way to throw it in.

I will admit some of the most enjoyable moments were either when the main character attempted to man up to his failings or the slapstick stumblings where he tried to blend into dangerous situations. That said, one time watching this way out there flick is more than enough and will not be added to the permanent library. Final verdict: “The Sitter” grasps two out of five arrests.

DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.

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