Adventures in Babysitting
Buena Vista (7/1/1987)
Adventure, Comedy
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IMDB   6.9
102 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Elisabeth Shue Chris Parker
Maia Brewton Sara Anderson
Keith Coogan Brad Anderson
Anthony Rapp Daryl Coopersmith
Calvin Levels Joe Gipp
Vincent D'Onofrio Dawson/'Thor' (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Penelope Ann Miller Brenda
George Newbern Dan Lynch
John Ford Noonan Handsome John Pruitt
Bradley Whitford Mike Todwell
Ron Canada Graydon
John Davis Chandler Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie Mr. Anderson
Allan Aarons Janitor #1
Marcia Bennett Nurse
Rummy Bishop Janitor #2
David Blacker Cleminski
Lolita Davidovich Sue Ann, the Blonde (as Lolita David)
John Dee Old Man
Monica Devereux Teenage Runaway
Vincent D'Onofrio Dawson
Chris Columbus
Producer Debra Hill
Lynda Obst
Steven Saxton
Writer David Simkins
Elizabeth Faucher
Cinematography Ric Waite
Musician Michael Kamen
Mick Jagger

Way before she grabbed an Oscar nomination for her searing performance as a world-weary prostitute in Leaving Las Vegas, Elisabeth Shue was known as one of the squeaky-clean actresses of the '80s. Having made a splash in The Karate Kid and the '60s-nostalgia TV series Call to Glory, Shue cemented her good-girl reputation with the charming but badly titled Adventures in Babysitting. Set in the John Hughes-style suburbs of Chicago, the titular adventures follow babysitter Chris (Shue), who agrees to watch the Anderson kids (Keith Coogan and Maia Brewton) when her boyfriend cancels their anniversary date. All is quiet on the home front until Chris is called upon to rescue her best friend (Penelope Ann Miller, also doing good-girl duty) from the seedy downtown bus station. She can't leave the kids, and she can't leave her friend alone in the big bad city, so she packs everyone in the station wagon and heads into Chicago. Screwball craziness begins as they encounter car thieves, knife-wielding gangs, gun-toting truck drivers, and, worst of all, Chris's duplicitous boyfriend. It's hardly mature entertainment, but Shue makes it work; when she wins over the audience at a blues club with her improv singing, you'll be won over, too. In his directorial debut, Chris Columbus (who later went on to helm the sap-fests Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone) gently skewers the suburbia white-bread mindset of the main characters, and plays up the comedy over the schmaltz with a subtlety of which he now seems incapable; the near romance between Shue and Coogan is played lightly and adorably. Look for brief appearances by art-house faves Lolita Davidovich as a college party girl and Vincent D'Onofrio as an unlikely savior. --Mark Englehart
Edition Details
Chapters 22
Release Date 3/1/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Widescreen (16:9)
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [French]
Dolby Digital Surround [English]
Dolby Surround [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen