The Babysitters

May 13th, 2011


The Babysitters

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Still of David Ross and Katherine Waterston in The BabysittersStill of John Leguizamo in The BabysittersDavid Ross and Katherine Waterston at event of The BabysittersStill of John Leguizamo in The BabysittersStill of Cynthia Nixon in The BabysittersThe Babysitters

A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling around with one of her customers.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.8/10 (3,443 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: David Ross

Stars: Lauren Birkell, Paul Borghese, Chira Cassel

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?

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

Taglines: These girls mean business.

Release Date: 13 May 2011

Filming Locations: Clinton Diner, Maspeth, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $23,518 (USA) (11 May 2008) (22 Screens)

Gross: $40,677 (USA) (18 May 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?

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

[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.

User Review

Taking control isn't that easy

Rating: 8/10

Whoever said that brains and beauty is not an explosive combination? An enterprising young woman sees a way to take control of her life and becomes a mastermind behind a society of young women whose lives are slowly shattered when they decide to use their charms to make some money.

The film starts out slowly and then hits a few highs along the way, giving us a share of strong, controversial and provocative moments. As we see the story unfold, we are not quite sure when the dangerous and tragic moments are coming. They are expected, but they are not quite as obvious as one expects. Little by little, we see the girls lose control of their enterprise, as each person's agenda begins to threatens the good of the group. Personalities begin clashing as the quiet and demure realizes she doesn't have enough strength to continue. In the opposite end, her sister is taking more and more dangerous assignments, and all of this emotional turmoil begins to prove too much for the head of the club.

In the end, things work out but not that smoothly, and not without a couple of gigantic crises along the way. It is shocking at times, and there are a couple of lulls along the way that almost derail the film, but it is a movie that shows a side of teens that has probably never been shown before. It will make you think.


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