Adventures in Babysitting
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

After reluctantly accepting a baby-sitting job, a teenager gets a call from her best friend who is stranded in downtown Chicago. With her charges in tow, she heads downtown to rescue her friend, setting herself and the children up for many… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 3, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
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Time Out

Chris sets off on a rescue mission, and ends up running the gauntlet of big city perils in a belaboured spinning-out of a weak storyline.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

The direction is fast-paced, the characters are vulnerable and sympathetic and even the bad guys have their moments.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Like "Home Alone," "Adventures in Babysitting" is a lightweight comic adventure, but it's effective in what it sets out to do . . . and that's entertain.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A sweet-natured, adolescent variation on the big-city black comedy After Hours.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One very unique and entertaining comedy that has yet to be duplicated.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The light tone, classical style, and Shue as Sandra Dee stand-in are more indicative of a cinematic mindset from approximately 25 years earlier.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

By the end of the film, I'd had a couple of real laughs and a few interesting moments, but that was about all.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Easy-to-take effort that primarily benefits from a charming performance by Elisabeth Shue.

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Steve Crum

Seemed fun at the time, in '87, but dates badly. Still, kids might like it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Or, curiously, as it was known in the UK 'A Night on the Town'. Funnily enough I can't seem to find out why this change was implemented in the… More
Candy Rose
Funny movie about a girl whose boyfriend cancels their date. She agrees to babysit some kids but has to leave the house to rescue her friend who has run away.… More
Carlos Magalhães
A rather silly yet mildly enjoyable comedy that belongs in the '80s with its cheesy, dated jokes and inane sense of humor (as when someone calls another a… More
Chris Weber
This is a real fun and entertaining look at how what should have been a nice quiet ordinary night of babysitting turns into a madcap romp where everything that… More
KJ Proulx
"Adventures in Babysitting" is honestly one of the cheesiest films that I have ever seen. As a seventeen year old is stood up by her boyfriend, she is… More
Alex roy
Adventures In Babysitting is for me one of Chris Columbus best films. After her friend gets stranded, babysitter Chris Parker must come to her rescue and brings… More