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The Babysitters (2007)

R | | Drama | 13 May 2011 (Poland)
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A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling around with one of her customers.

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David Ross

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David Ross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Birkell ... Melissa Rowan
Paul Borghese ... Cook
Chira Cassel Chira Cassel ... Health Teacher
Anthony Cirillo Anthony Cirillo ... Adam Beltran
Spencer Treat Clark ... Scott Miral
Andy Comeau ... Jerry Tuchman
Ann Dowd ... Tammy Lyner
Jason Dubin ... George
Harold Fort Harold Fort ... Doug
Alexie Gilmore ... Jill
Halley Wegryn Gross ... Nadine Woodberg
Michael Knowles ... Guidance Counselor
Louisa Krause ... Brenda Woodberg
Adam LeFevre ... Mr. Brown
Alexandra Daddario ... Barbara Yates
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Storyline

At 17, high-school junior Shirley Lyner is thinking about college and running a babysitting service that provides teen call girls to the dads of young children. In a long flashback, we see what brought her from being a babysitter to organizing and running the service. It starts with Michael, the father of children she baby-sits. A cup of coffee on the way home from his house, a night visit to a train yard, and one thing leads to another. Shirley can be ruthless, and tension builds when some of the clients take the girls to a mountain cabin and bring drugs. Then, one of the girls tries to freelance. Can this end well: is it a tragedy in the making? Do we all have secrets? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

These girls mean business.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing strong sexual content, language and some drug use - involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Babysitters de Luxo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,518, 11 May 2008

Gross USA:

$44,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,852
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Howard Stern was offered the chance to be a producer on the film but he turned it down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shirley Lyner: Shirley Lyner. I'm a junior at Alfred E. Groves high school. This is my babysitting service. The answer is no: mom doesn't drink, dad didn't hit me, Uncle Steve never showed me his privates. I don't even have an Uncle Steve. The money is nice, and paid fellatio isn't that much more humiliating than flipping burgers. But that's not why I do it.
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Sap
Written by Catherine Irwin, Janet Beveridge Bean and Dave Gay
Performed by Freakwater
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Great little indy film
5 August 2008 | by uncre8tvSee all my reviews

This is what I look for in independent film. Well drawn characters, competent movie making, and a pleasing ambiguity that a big studio wouldn't dare leave in, lest the audience actually decide how to feel for themselves. The guys are great - desperate, sleazy, charming, funny and sad. The girls are also portrayed fairly - scheming, sweet, sexy and innocent. Leguizamo's character is believable to me as an aging playa, chafing against middle age and lusting for Waterson's Shirley. And Shirley is the best on-screen pimp in recent memory. To be fair: things unfold a little quickly, people accept their situations a little easier than they might in real life, but this is a pretty short movie, and throwing in more angst would be overkill and overlong on screen. No one comes away clean, and no one comes away as the absolute bad guy. Moral absolutes would kill this film, and I'm glad it got made the way it did.


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