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Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV...

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 6.5/10 (15,030 voted)

Director: Chris Columbus

Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan

Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her "dread" date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV... and boredom. But when her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair-raising adventures! Babysitter and kids leave their safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city, never imagining how terrifyingly funny their expedition will become!

Elisabeth Shue - Chris Parker
Maia Brewton - Sara Anderson
Keith Coogan - Brad Anderson
Anthony Rapp - Daryl Coopersmith
Calvin Levels - Joe Gipp
Vincent D'Onofrio - Dawson / 'Thor' (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Penelope Ann Miller - Brenda
George Newbern - Dan Lynch
John Ford Noonan - Handsome John Pruitt
Bradley Whitford - Mike Todwell
Ron Canada - Graydon
John Davis Chandler - Bleak (as John Chandler)
Dan Ziskie - Mr. Anderson
Allan Aarons - Janitor #1
Marcia Bennett - Nurse

Taglines: She thought babysitting was easy money - until she started hanging out with the Andersons.

Release Date: 1 July 1987

Filming Locations: 20 E. Randolph Street, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Gross: $34,368,475 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Melanie Griffith auditioned for the lead role, but backed out.

Errors in geography: Throughout a lot of the shots of the gang in Chicago, Brad and Sara's parents' building is shown facing them as they are running through the city. This is geographically impossible, as the diamond cut of the building actually faces Lake Michigan.

Daryl: Mike what?
Chris: Mike what what?
Daryl: Mike what what what are we talking about? What's his last name?
Chris: Toddwell. Are you writing a book?
Daryl: Mike Toddwell? Do you know him?
Brad: They go out.
Daryl: He's got a red Camaro, right?
Chris: Oh, gee, Daryl, are you a gear head and a sex fiend? Anyway, a lot of people have Camaros.
Daryl: Yeah, but do a lot of people have the license plate "So Cool"?
Chris: That's Mike.

User Review

A really sweet and innocent comedy about a girl who babysits but has to take a tour downtown.

Rating: 10/10

This is a really funny movie because you never really know where it's going. Basically everything that happens in it happens by accident. It's not only funny but also exciting if you aren't that old. I think it's great.

It sort of reminds me about "Afterhours" (starring Griffin Dunne) but this is the family version of that movie. Anything can happen during a crazy night or so it seems. Elisabeth Shue is good in this movie and everyone in it seems to have had a good time making it. If you just want to see a cute movie which makes you feel good , or if you've had enough of over-dramatic epics , action that blows you out of your seat and bloody horror movies , check this out. It's sweet , funny , lovable and adventurous all at the same time. If you don't like it , there are more than enough of violence out there for you.