The Babysitter (1995)

dir. Guy Ferland. Made the same year as CLUELESS (1995), but has not aged nearly as well. Alicia Silverstone is charming, but the movie is not really about her, unfortunately. The only interesting aspect of the movie are the day dream fantasy sequences. The two desperate teenage boys are tiresome and dull. The most enjoyable parts are the fantasies of the middle-aged parents who have hired the babysitter. The wife, who dreams of an affair with friend George Segal (who I know from TV in ‘Just Shoot Me!’, and ‘The Naked Truth’), and the lecherous husband who dreams of hooking up with his teenage babysitter. Overall pretty disappointing. Unforgivable that they didn’t write a few fantasy sequences from the point of view of the titular babysitter, huge missed opportunity. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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