Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Director: Chris Columbus. Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Maia Brewton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford. 102 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy/Crime.

Typical Chris "Home Alone" Columbus movie. Rich suburban house, kids and teenagers in constant survival mode, framed in a snapshot of 80's hairdo/clothes/language. And there's a mid-movie on-stage improvised blues sequence, that is so well-written and choreographed, it makes you wonder why this film hasn't received more attention. But then you realize the reason: numerous cliches and eye-rolling coincidences in the second half, that sadden you why a movie that started so gracefully, fell apart so pathetically. But that blues scene was still amazing.

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