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The Babysitter (2017)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Horror | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

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Cole
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Bee
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Max
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Sonya
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Allison
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Melanie
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John
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Samuel
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Mom
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Dad
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Romeo
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Jeremy
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Cole (Judah Lewis) is madly in love with his babysitter (Samara Weaving) Bee. She's hot, funny, and popular. One night, in a moment of defiance, Cole secretly stays up his bedtime to discover she's actually a cold-blooded killer who's in league with the Devil. He now must spend his night evading Bee's band of killers who will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from spilling their dark secret. It's up to Cole to survive the night (and blow up a few people along the way).

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Dream girls can be a nightmare

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The screenplay for the film was featured on the 2014 blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unproduced screenplays of the year. See more »

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B claims she is in Cole's room, yet she is clearly not when the the camera pans the room. See more »

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Max: I know it was you, Fredo. I know it was you.
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Hillariously Cheesy Slasher Comedy
14 October 2017 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is exactly what a good Halloween prank should look like. A little bit of gore, a little bit of T&A, outrageously stereotypical high school kids, and nothing in the way of a plot to worry about.

That's not to say it's not extremely successful at what it aspires to: good, silly fun for Halloween.

Completely self-aware of all the slasher films it mimics, and more than able to mine the comedy in those memes, this film is just a hoot. Not anywhere near as serious as the Scream franchise tries to be with the horror/slasher genre, this film takes the opposite tact: remember that these films are for fun and a bit of escapism.

A soft PG-13 would be the MPAA rating for this if it wasn't Netflix, and it's appropriate for your tweens. But if you're in your 30s or 40s, it's gonna be a lot more enjoyable, since you know and recognize all the tropes at play, but know that the filmmakers know and are just letting you have fun watching them play out.

I hope the three leads get more good work out of this, because they all do a fabulous job with the material - there's not a lot to work with, but each of the three (the babysitter, boy kid, and his bestie girl) give you a good show and don't fall into the trap that this film could easily have done: there's not a scenery chewer among them, and they all do a great job of keeping their eye on the prize: a silly, fun, bit nostalgic, Halloween slasher.


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