Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Sitter

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22% (Critics) / 44% (Audience)
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka
Starring: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove and Sam Rockwell
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: A comedy about a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him. (Source)

The Good:
Jonah Hill and his three young co-stars had a nice little chemistry and developed a decent rapport over the course of the film. All three of the younger actors did well with their parts with Landry Bender as Paris Hilton in training, Blythe being the stand out. The little girl was really funny.
For his part, it seemed like Hill was doing a test run of the Alan-Gregory character from his short-lived Fox TV series. All of his lines and inflections sounded just like the way that character spoke.
I also enjoyed Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove as the drug dealers that Hill’s character ran across and ended up owing a large sum of money to. Rockwell and Smoove seemed to be having the times of their lives playing these over the top characters.

The Bad:
The scenes dealing with one of the kid’s burgeoning sexuality was trite and unrealistic.

The Ugly:
Pretty much every scene featuring a large group of black people came off as so cringe-worthy that I wanted to look away.

Final Verdict: A decent raunchiest that showcased Hill’s ample funny streak and deceptive charm. the kid actors were OK and Rockwell and Smoove stole every scene they were in. Not a bad film at all and definitely worth the cost of a  rental. C+

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