History Film / AdventuresInBabysitting

18th Feb '18 1:22:22 AM DragonQuestZ
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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) finds herself with nothing to do after her boyfriend breaks off their scheduled date, so she agrees to spend the night babysitting the Andersons' children Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad (Keith Coogan).

Then her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls in a panic, having tried to run away from home with just enough money to cover cab fare to the bus station and the cost of a payphone call, and she asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl Coopersmith (Anthony Rapp) along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.

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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) (Creator/ElisabethShue) finds herself with nothing to do after her boyfriend breaks off their scheduled date, so she agrees to spend the night babysitting the Andersons' children Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad (Keith Coogan).

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Then her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) (Creator/PenelopeAnnMiller) calls in a panic, having tried to run away from home with just enough money to cover cab fare to the bus station and the cost of a payphone call, and she asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl Coopersmith (Anthony Rapp) along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.



Incidentally, Creator/JohnHughes had absolutely nothing to do with this film, although many mistakenly assume he did due to its teen protagonist, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} setting, and Hughes's later collaborations with Columbus.
18th Feb '18 12:03:48 AM Tidal_Wave_17
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Brenda's running away from home and Chris having to go get her kick off the plot.
1st Nov '17 7:16:32 PM mlsmithca
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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) finds herself with nothing to do after her boyfriend breaks off their scheduled date, so she agrees to spend the night babysitting the Andersons' children Sara and Brad.

Then her friend Brenda calls in a panic, having tried to run away from home with just enough money to cover cab fare to the bus station and the cost of a payphone call, and she asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.

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Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) finds herself with nothing to do after her boyfriend breaks off their scheduled date, so she agrees to spend the night babysitting the Andersons' children Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad.

Brad (Keith Coogan).

Then her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls in a panic, having tried to run away from home with just enough money to cover cab fare to the bus station and the cost of a payphone call, and she asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl Coopersmith (Anthony Rapp) along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.


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* DoubleEntendre: The hot dog vendor at the bus station is the source of several thanks to his insistence on referring to hot dogs as "wieners", making it sound as though he is referring to male genitals. When Brenda tries to pay for her hotdog with a cheque, he refuses as he only takes cash, explaining, "You slip me the cash, and I'll slip you the wiener," and when she confesses she has no cash, he snaps, "Well, '''I''' don't have a wiener!"
1st Nov '17 10:43:24 AM mlsmithca
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* BlindWithoutEm: Brenda. Oh, Brenda.

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* {{Blackmail}}: A benign version of this enables Brad, Sara, and Daryl to tag along with Chris on her trip to collect Brenda from the bus station. Her initial plan is to leave Brad and Sara at home on their own, but when they answer her question of how their parents would even know she had been gone with a conspiratorial grin, she reluctantly takes them along. As they are getting into Chris' mother's car, Daryl appears from the bushes next to the Andersons' house exclaiming "Road trip?", leading Sara to innocently reveal that they are going into the city; he smirks and says the Andersons must really trust Chris to let her take their children into the city without adult supervision, and makes it clear that their secret will not be safe unless he can go with them.
* BlindWithoutEm: Brenda. Oh, Brenda. Once her glasses are stolen, the world becomes an indistinct blur - and through the haze of severe myopia, a sewer rat looks so much like a kitten...



* CountryMouse: Just suburban, but otherwise the same.

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* CountryMouse: Just suburban, but otherwise the same. Chris, Brad, Sara, Daryl, and especially Brenda have led a very sheltered life in the suburbs, and are utterly out of their depths in a city of dirt, drugs, guns, petty theft, grand theft, gang violence, and just enough kind souls to get them out again in one piece.


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* ImpairmentShot: After Brenda's glasses are stolen, we get a very out of focus POV shot as she stumbles toward a vending machine - and notices a small animal next to it which she thinks is a kitten. As we only see the animal through her eyes until a pair of exterminators arrive, we don't learn until she does that the animal is actually a giant sewer rat.
31st Oct '17 8:42:01 PM mlsmithca
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Then her friend Brenda calls in a panic about running away from home but then changing her mind, and asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.

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Then her friend Brenda calls in a panic about running panic, having tried to run away from home but then changing her mind, with just enough money to cover cab fare to the bus station and the cost of a payphone call, and she asks Chris to pick her up in the city. Chris can't leave her charges behind unsupervised, so she takes them and Brad's friend Daryl along with her. She gets a flat on the highway en route, then realizes she forgot her purse. Things just get more crazy from there.



* ButtMonkey: Brenda.

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* ButtMonkey: Brenda. While in the bus station, she attracts unwanted attention from a man with a gun and a gleam in his eye, has her glasses stolen by a homeless woman (who apparently has a similar prescription to her), mistakes a huge sewer rat for a lost kitten (to the intense amusement of the exterminators charged with killing the rodent), fails utterly to persuade a hot dog vendor to accept a cheque as payment once she runs out of cash, and incurs the wrath of the homeless man who "lives" in the phone booth she used to call Chris.
* TheCameo: Blues musician Albert Collins as himself.



* TheCameo: Blues musician Albert Collins as himself.



* ChekhovsGag: "Stray Dog." Also, Daryl loses the ''Playboy'' he presumably stole from his dad. Also "Nobody leaves this place without singin' the Blues." Also... actually, it would probably be quicker to list the gags that ''aren't'' Chekhov's Gags.

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* ChekhovsGag: ChekhovsGag:
** After Brad brushes off Daryl and Chris asks who was at the door, he tells her,
"Stray Dog.dog." Also, When Daryl shows up as Chris and the Anderson kids are getting into the car, Chris asks who he is, and Sara quips, "Stray dog."
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Daryl loses the ''Playboy'' he presumably stole from his dad. Also dad; when he finds a copy of the same issue at the chop shop, he steals it, unaware it has incriminating information about the gangsters' plans scrawled on the pages.
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"Nobody leaves this place without singin' the Blues." First said to the four suburban kids when they enter the club, then again to the gangsters when they arrive.
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Also... actually, it would probably be quicker to list the gags that ''aren't'' Chekhov's Gags.



* [[CoversAlwaysLie Covers Sort Of Lie]]:

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* [[CoversAlwaysLie Covers Sort Of Lie]]:CoversAlwaysLie:



* EvenEvilHasStandards / WouldNotHurtAChild: Although they are both criminals and work for the BigBad, both Joe and Graydon make it clear through their body language and overall demeanor that while they're okay with trying to get the magazine back, they aren't going to hurt any kids in order to do it. Graydon in particular, when he sees that Sara has climbed out the skyscraper window and is clinging precariously by her fingertips, is clearly horrified at how much danger she is in and wastes no time trying to save her. To his credit, when he has no other options to get to her ''he climbs out the window himself.''

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* EvenEvilHasStandards / WouldNotHurtAChild: EvenEvilHasStandards: Although they are both criminals and work for the BigBad, both Joe and Graydon make it clear through their body language and overall demeanor that while they're okay with trying to get the magazine back, they aren't going to hurt any kids in order to do it. Graydon in particular, when he sees that Sara has climbed out the skyscraper window and is clinging precariously by her fingertips, is clearly horrified at how much danger she is in and wastes no time trying to save her. To his credit, when he has no other options to get to her ''he climbs out the window himself.''



* HeDidntMakeIt: Subversion:[[spoiler:Brad, thanks to MistakenIdentity.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Joe Gipp.

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* HeDidntMakeIt: Subversion:[[spoiler:Brad, Subversion: [[spoiler:Brad, thanks to MistakenIdentity.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Joe Gipp.Gipp punches Bleak unconscious when he shows up at the film's climax, child murder in his eyes.



* HookHand: But he's a nice guy, usually.
** Oddly, the [[http://www.emovieposter.com/agallery/archiveitem/8700896.html Japanese poster]] puts the hook hand on Graydon instead of Pruitt.

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* HookHand: But he's a nice guy, usually. \n** Oddly, the [[http://www.emovieposter.com/agallery/archiveitem/8700896.html Japanese poster]] puts the hook hand on Graydon instead of Pruitt.



* IdenticalStranger: "Shaylene" the (fictitious) ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' centerfold that supposedly looks like Chris. (Of course, seeing as the viewers only see it briefly, we can only [[TakeOurWordForIt Take Their Word For It]].
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Double subversion
-->'''Brad''': ''<<grabs Mike by the collar>>'' Id love to hit you. Id love to pound your face.\\

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* IdenticalStranger: "Shaylene" "Shaylene", the (fictitious) ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' centerfold that supposedly looks like Chris. (Of Of course, seeing as the viewers only see it briefly, we can only [[TakeOurWordForIt Take Their Word For It]].
It]].
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Double subversion
subversion.
-->'''Brad''': ''<<grabs ''[grabs Mike by the collar>>'' collar]'' Id love to hit you. Id love to pound your face.\\



'''Brad''': ''<<lets Mike go>>'' But I wont. Youre so slimy, I wont sink to your level.\\
'''Daryl''': I will. ''<<kicks Mike in the ass>>''

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'''Brad''': ''<<lets ''[lets Mike go>>'' go]'' But I wont. Youre so slimy, I wont sink to your level.\\
'''Daryl''': I will. ''<<kicks ''[kicks Mike in the ass>>''ass]''



* LoonyFan: Sara is a big...nay, ''HUGE'' {{Fangirl}} of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]].



* LoonyFan: Sara is a big...nay, ''huge'' {{Fangirl}} of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]].



--> '''Gang leader:''' Don't fuck with the Lords Of Hell! (After he throws his switchblade down into Brad's foot.)
--> '''Chris''' (yanks the knife out of Brad's foot and points it at the leader): '''''DON'T FUCK''''' with the BABYSITTER!!!

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--> '''Gang leader:''' Don't fuck with the Lords Of Hell! (After ''(After he throws his switchblade down into Brad's foot.)
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--> '''Chris''' (yanks ''(yanks the knife out of Brad's foot and points it at the leader): leader)'': '''''DON'T FUCK''''' with the BABYSITTER!!!



* OffscreenInertia: Although it can be presumed the police eventually brought him back in and arrested him along with his boss, at the end of the movie the gangster who climbed out on the side of the Smurfit-Stone building to get Sara and the ''Playboy'' is shown still out there, clinging to the glass in terror...

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* OffscreenInertia: Although it can be presumed the police eventually brought him back in and arrested him along with his boss, at the end of the movie movie, Graydon, the gangster who climbed out on the side of the Smurfit-Stone building to get Sara and the ''Playboy'' ''Playboy'', is shown still out there, clinging to the glass in terror...



* WorstAid: CHRIS PULLED THE KNIFE OUT OF BRAD'S FOOT! (Okay, it was a toe, the wound only required a single stitch, and she pulled the knife out not in an effort at first aid but in order to defend him and herself from a gang. But [[spoiler:the scare where the ER doc confused them for asking about a different patient and told him "their friend" was dead, when Brad was actually just fine,]] may have been a bit karmic).
* WrongGuyFirst: Mike

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* WorstAid: CHRIS PULLED THE KNIFE OUT OF BRAD'S FOOT! (Okay, Okay, it was a toe, the wound only required a single stitch, and she pulled the knife out not in an effort at first aid but in order to defend him and herself from a gang. But [[spoiler:the scare where the ER doc confused them for asking about a different patient and told him "their friend" was dead, when Brad was actually just fine,]] may have been a bit karmic).
karmic.
* WrongGuyFirst: MikeMike, Chris' boyfriend at the start of the film, lies his way out of their anniversary date so that he can go out with a girl with a reputation for sexual promiscuity.
11th Oct '17 4:42:46 PM lorgskyegon
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied. The ''Playboy'' ends up in the same room with the kids because Graydon took it up there earlier to [[BlatantLies "read an article"]].


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** Oddly, the [[http://www.emovieposter.com/agallery/archiveitem/8700896.html Japanese poster]] puts the hook hand on Graydon instead of Pruitt.
14th Jul '17 11:45:17 AM makesshoes
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* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Sarah goes missing Brad, and even Daryl are genuinely concerned about her, and are visibly relieved when she is saved from the window.
7th Jul '17 6:05:20 AM marbehraglaim
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire movie takes place over a matter of hours, from the late afternoon to a little after 1 AM.
25th Dec '16 6:25:46 PM Taskmaster123
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* EvenEvilHasStandards/WouldNotHurtAChild: Although they are both criminals and work for the BigBad, both Joe and Graydon make it clear through their body language and overall demeanor that while they're okay with trying to get the magazine back, they aren't going to hurt any kids in order to do it. Graydon in particular, when he sees that Sara has climbed out the skyscraper window and is clinging precariously by her fingertips, is clearly horrified at how much danger she is in and wastes no time trying to save her. To his credit, when he has no other options to get to her ''he climbs out the window himself.''

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* EvenEvilHasStandards/WouldNotHurtAChild: EvenEvilHasStandards / WouldNotHurtAChild: Although they are both criminals and work for the BigBad, both Joe and Graydon make it clear through their body language and overall demeanor that while they're okay with trying to get the magazine back, they aren't going to hurt any kids in order to do it. Graydon in particular, when he sees that Sara has climbed out the skyscraper window and is clinging precariously by her fingertips, is clearly horrified at how much danger she is in and wastes no time trying to save her. To his credit, when he has no other options to get to her ''he climbs out the window himself.''
25th Dec '16 6:25:13 PM Taskmaster123
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* EvenEvilHasStandards/WouldNotHurtAChild: Although they are both criminals and work for the BigBad, both Joe and Graydon make it clear through their body language and overall demeanor that while they're okay with trying to get the magazine back, they aren't going to hurt any kids in order to do it. Graydon in particular, when he sees that Sara has climbed out the skyscraper window and is clinging precariously by her fingertips, is clearly horrified at how much danger she is in and wastes no time trying to save her. To his credit, when he has no other options to get to her ''he climbs out the window himself.''
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