Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting (1987) — My earlier review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer made me want to go back and watch this movie again too. What can I say: most of the movies I loved when I was seven I still love today. It doesn’t matter if they seem silly or dated or whatever. They hooked me young and I love them. And what’s not to love? Pre-Back to the Future Elizabeth Shue (bearing in mind she was only in Parts II & III, not Part I), a cute and precocious little girl, a wise-cracking “pervy” teenager played by that dude from Rent, and Vincent D’Onofrio (who did this the same year as Full Metal Jacket but is in much better shape here) as the closest thing we ever got to a movie version of Thor (until Branaugh’s movie comes out next year). Director Chris Columbus has since gone on to a mixed bag of work that includes the first two Harry Potter movies, the first two Home Alone movies, Mrs. Doubtfire and Rent (starring that dude from this), but this is the movie I’ll always remember him for. Further “holy shit, they were younger” appearances by Bradley Whitford (from The West Wing and The Good Guys, my favorite new show on TV this summer), Penelope Ann Miller, and Lolita David[ovich] give that sort of nostalgic thrill you get when you see someone in a movie who you didn’t realize was in it (possibly because I didn’t know who any of them were when I was seven).

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