305. Adventures in Babysitting

Movie: Adventures in Babysitting

Release Date: July 3, 1987

Director: Chris Columbus

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Maia Brewton.

Tag Lines: “A lifetime of fun in just one night.”

“She thought babysitting was easy money – until she started hanging out with the Andersons.”

Relevance: I did not see ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ in the theater, but it was a constant VHS rental for a little over a year thanks to Elisabeth Shue. Basically, I was just like every other seventeen year old boy at that time and spent most of 1988 and 1989 watching Daniel LaRusso’s girlfriend babysitting. ‘The Karate Kid,’ which will be showing up on this list later this year, was one of my favorite movies of 1984 and starred a then unknown Elisabeth Shue. However, her appearance as Chris Parker in ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ catapulted her into fame as well as every adolescent boys’ fantasy.

This Chris Columbus directed comedy was a big hit and the perfect, silly, entertaining popcorn flick that the world seemed to need in 1987. It was not only fun and made you laugh out loud, it was the perfect vehicle for Ms. Shue. She was adorable as the teenage girl caught up in a series of comic misadventures. Simple premise, but well executed. This was Mr. Columbus’ directorial debut. He went on to direct some of my favorite films, this being the first of five of his movies that I will be watching this year.

Today’s Thoughts: “Don’t fuck with the babysitter!”

I probably have not watched ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ in its entirety since the 1980’s. There is something about watching a movie from the 80’s that just makes me happy. And that’s what watching it today made me. Happy.

Elisabeth Shue is just as cute as I remember. She handles both the comedy and action of the movie with ease. It’s no wonder she went on to become an accomplished Academy Award nominated actress. It was also fun to see Anthony Rapp. ‘Rent’s’ Anthony Rapp? Yes, the one and only. I definitely did not know who he was when I originally watched the movie but I was so pleased to see his name when researching it. He was so young but so much fun to watch as Daryl, one of the kids on the run with the babysitter. Another reason to love a movie from this decade, you never know who you will run in to.

There are so many great gags, jokes and moments in this movie. Thor, Brenda in the phone booth and of course the Blues club. “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues!” It just doesn’t get much better than this.

Ways to Watch: YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, DVD Availability.

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