“The Sitter,” starring Jonah Hill as an incompetent child-care provider, opens Friday. If you don’t want to get a sitter to see “The Sitter,” you can always stay home and watch these other films about the teens (and adults) who care for our kids and go through our drawers.
You know what makes Elisabeth Shue’s character in 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting” so good? It’s not the whole saves-the-kids-from-certain-death thing; it’s that she doesn’t mind that the one kid thinks she’s Thor.
The excellent, little-seen 1994 film “Exotica” is, at least in part, a meditation on the awkward, weirdly intimate time when Dad (Bruce Greenwood) drives the sitter (Sarah Polley) home.
Robin Williams becomes 1993’s perfect nanny only after he starts dressing as a woman and speaking in a muddled, vaguely British accent. Add a hat and an umbrella, and he’s Mary Poppins. Speaking of …
How do you get the kids to clean their rooms? As Julie Andrews sang in 1964, bribe them with sugar. Wait, is that not what the song means?
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
When hiring a child-care provider (Rebecca De Mornay, in this 1992 hit), be sure to check her references. And be sure you’re not the one whose testimony sent her husband to jail. And be sure she’s not a total psychopath.