The Babysitter is worth watching if:
- You love Scary Movie or Superbad.
- Excessive gore is a plus.
- You’re around your early teens. (a bonus)
The Babysitter is not worth watching if:
- You want a no-frills movie with zero funky edits.
- You’re looking for a character-focused drama.
- You don’t want anything gory.
- This movie has styyyyle.
- It’s got a fun Home Alone “boy becomes household defender” thing going for it.
- Succeeds at being funny, scary, and exciting all at one point or another.
- Could have leaned even more into the creepy cult stuff.
- Not every stylistic decision is great.
- Not all the cultist villains are interesting
score: 75% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary:When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
The Babysitter is an impressive comedy-horror in that it actually succeeds at being scary. It’s got too many jokes in it to feel that way for long, but it’s impressive how such a silly movie can feel so tense at times.
And a silly movie it is. It’s got a lot of Scary Movie style outrageous moments, and it certainly parodies many films that came before it.
The plot focuses on a kid who’s been coddled by his parents for far too long and has grown soft as a result. It’s also why he still has a babysitter. Fortunately for him she’s cool and hot and there’s absolutely nothing off about her at all. Riiiiight…?
Most of the movie you’re just having fun watching this kid come-of-age by evading certain death and being forced to massacre his killers. Throw in a lot of gore, some unique editing styles, some laughs, some teen-appropriate sex appeal, and you’ve got yourself a great teen movie.
11-16 year old boys would be the ideal demographic, but the movie is good enough to be enjoyed by a wide audience. (Although some wouldn’t want their kids anywhere near it.) To be fair, it does have a TV-MA rating indicating it may not be suitable for children under 17…
The badass mom who throws this on while hosting the preteen sleepover is the real MVP.
The acting and script can feel a bit stiff at times which prevents this movie from being truly great, but you should find it’s still well-worth your time.
You’re never too old to watch some good ol’ fasioned murderin’.