I've heard mixed things about this Netflix original. It's a McG production and, despite sounding like a forgotten 90's McDonald's mascot, you probably recognize that name if you've ever watched the credits to an episode of Supernatural... or Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. I'm not going to judge you, the Charlie's Angels remakes were actually trashy good. Just avoid the PS2 game as it's stick your dick in salted glass shards bad. Now the question is, is The Babysitter that bad?
I just had to look at the IMDB because I forgot everyone's name in this. Cole is one of those super geek kids that is supposed to be 12 but looks like he is about to graduate high school. He has an awkward knowledge of sex (despite being able to look up and read the entirety of the plot to Mad Men in a night), thinks Pluto should be a planet again, and still has a babysitter. Enter Bee: the super cool/hot older girl that Cole has a crush on because puberty crushes on your babysitter isn't weird at all. Of course that gets complicated by the fact that Cole finds out that Bee is running a demonic cult ritual in his living room while he sleeps. Complete with murder, stereotypes, and the Korean-American girl from the Pitch Perfect films.
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I wanted to give this movie a fair shot, despite what I had heard. I made it about twenty minutes into it before I was pretty much done. It's one of those movies where I picture the person that wrote the script and I assume it's the Steve Buscemi meme of "how's do you do, fellow kids?"
From there it had the goofiness of Murder Party but none of the heart. The cheerleader is obsessed with her gun shot tit, the jock attempts to get Cole to stand up to his bully while simultaneously trying to kill him, and I don't even remember what happens to the black guy in the movie because that's how unmemorable they made him. Also, why the hell is the ground so foggy?! That's probably something bad and you should move! It'll make your balls shrink or something.
The only thing The Babysitter has going for it is its use of licensed music. When we first meet Bee it's cued in by Peaches "Boys Wanna Be Her" which has that dirty 70's two-note guitar riff which probably has the power to give erections in some cultures. We also get the ending scene backed by Queen's "We Are the Champions," but it doesn't fit as well. Shaun of the Dead already used "Don't Stop Me Now" perfectly, so I think this should've been swapped out with some "Stone Cold Crazy" or maybe the guitar solo into the end of "Death on Two Legs." I would much rather write about Queen songs than this movie, in case you couldn't tell.
I give The Babysitter a 2 copies of Adventures in Babysitting out of 5 because it has merit, just not that much: