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Adventures in Babysitting


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)

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


(as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)

Penelope Ann Miller


George Newbern

Dan Lynch

John Ford Noonan

Handsome John Pruitt

Bradley Whitford

Mike Todwell

Ron Canada


John Davis Chandler


(as John Chandler)

Dan Ziskie

Mr. Anderson

Allan Aarons

Janitor #1

Marcia Bennett


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

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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.


Mike what?

Mike what what?

Mike what what what are we talking about? What's his last name?

Toddwell. Are you writing a book?

Mike Toddwell? Do you know him?

They go out.

He's got a red Camaro, right?

Oh, gee, Daryl, are you a gear head and a sex fiend? Anyway, a lot of people have Camaros.

Yeah, but do a lot of people have the license plate "So Cool"?

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.