Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Sitter: Movie Review


Smarter than you would expect, but the stupid comedy destroys that.

Expecting a crude Hollywood comedy where supposedly grown men act more immature than kids, “The Sitter” surprised by adding a little bit of thought to exactly what you expected. Noah (Jonah Hill) is immature, he still lives with his mother; although, the struggles that he has had are hinted at throughout the movie and by the end we care about him. 2011

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Screenplay by: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka

Starring: Jonah Hill

Another difference from what we expected is that the kids aren’t any more mature than Noah is. They may act like brats but that’s because they are insecure just like all normal screwed up kids are.

Being referred to as a comedy, I hope you weren’t expecting it to be funny. I wasn’t expecting it to be funny, so I wasn’t surprised, per se, but I was disappointed in the very low quality of the jokes. As much as I love Sam Rockwell, it’s not particularly funny when he plays a “friendly” drug dealer. Hill is somewhat amusing when he wonders into black gang bars, but the movie gets really stupid when it simultaneously plays up and tries to break down racial stereotypes.

“The Sitter” is also frustrating since it’s better than it was supposed to be but not as good as it could have been. One scene where Noah helps a thirteen year-old boy accept his true self is possibly better, and way more efficient, than any previous film has done. Then he explains what’s really going on to an eight year-old girl with one subtle sentence that is way more truthful than most would be able to admit. Did I mention the rest of the time was spent running around saying brainless gags that were physically revolting? It’s funny to think that “The Sitter” would have been better as a drama.