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Stinson’s Movie Corner: The Sitter

Tyler Stinson

Staff Writer 

Take a lazy and selfish first-time babysitter who would rather be anywhere but sitting on a Friday night and a misfit group of siblings bent on causing chaos, and you have Jonah Hill’s newest flick, The Sitter.

Jonah Hill plays Noah Griffith, a college student on suspension who is living at home and gets talked into babysitting for a night.

Noah makes it very clear early on that he does not care about his responsibilities and quickly takes the kids out of the house to start a dangerous adventure.

Hill overstresses the fact that his character isn’t worried about the kid’s well-being and constantly puts them in hazardous situations that are sometimes funny and often downright ridiculous.

Most of the humor is outlandish and frequently misses its mark, and the plot was made for the sole purpose of exploiting the character to the most irrational places for children.

A good portion of the movie I found funny in a crude sense; however, a few scenes had me confused. I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing or taking the scene serious, as what seemed like a sentimental moment got clouded by awkwardness.

One of the big letdowns of the movie for me was the lack of Method Man. The rapper/actor was advertised as having a big role in the movie, while his character ended up having two insignificant and unmemorable scenes.

I was expecting Method Man to have a couple of funny moments, but I was sorely disappointed.

I can confidently say that the best part of the movie was the soundtrack. A good bunch of classic songs put together to set the mood before every scene is always a plus in any movie, and it happened to be something done to perfection in this film.

The music and the decently amusing humor wasn’t enough to save this movie from the dump pile.

Jonah Hill should quickly realize that playing an uninterested and careless character is often a huge mistake, as the audience quickly becomes uninterested as well. In a box office drought, The Sitter fails to outshine its weak competition.

Tyler Stinson may be reached at tstinson@springfieldcollege.edu

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