Welcome to the first installment of a new series of articles exclusive to TQ. Even though a large part of our experiences here revolve around video games, every once in awhile we like to sit back, relax, grab a bowl of extra buttery popcorn (my personal favorite snack), and take some time to indulge in another fun activity, watching movies. Whether it be a comedy, drama, or action flick, there is just something about this form of entertainment that provides a sense of escapism in which my life needs every once in awhile. Some people tend to not see things this way though, and will often criticize every individual part of a film instead of just trying to enjoy it. So, in an effort to fight back, I would like to present to you our new segment entitled “Cinematic Adventures,” and our first adventure will be the last film featuring an overweight Jonah Hill, The Sitter.
Meet Noah, a college dropout who still lives at home with his recently divorced mom, and is in a relationship (or at least he thinks he is) with a woman named Melissa. After pleasing her orally (girlfriend, not mom), and receiving nothing in return, Noah decides to return home and call it a day. A few minutes later, his mother receives a phone call from her friend Mrs. Padulla, who says that they can’t go out tonight because the sitter has called and cancelled at the very last minute. Not knowing what else to do, she suggests that Noah should go over and watch Mrs. Padulla’s kids instead.
As expected, Noah is not up for doing this at all, but eventually he comes around after realizing that the only thing that really matters right now is his mother’s happiness. So now it’s time to head off to see the kids, and embark on a journey that will teach a lesson about responsibility and family values right? Wrong, the only lesson that will be obtained after this little adventure is to try to avoid being a parent at all costs. Seriously, a little rubber piece of latex can prevent all of these problems from ever occuring in the first place.
Let’s take a few minutes to go over the highs and lows of the film. First of all, the comedy is predictable and dated, but still very amusing. A number of different gags are things you’ve seen before, but to be perfectly honest with you, that’s not really a bad thing. The dramatic moments felt a little bit forced and unneccessary, still, they tried to provide us with a sense of caring and emotion for these kids, so at least give the producers some credit for making an effort to reach out to their audience.
Despite feeling familiar and uninteresting, The Sitter produces enough enjoyable moments to keep people laughing until the credits roll, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and watch it right now.
That concludes my thoughts on The Sitter. If there are any other movies you would like to talk about, please let us know in the comments below.