Oh, the things we do for love, eh? So, Noah packs the kids into a minivan and heads out for a night on the town, meeting up with quirky characters that make the folks from Martin Scorsese’s After Hours seem perfectly normal by comparison: a nutty drug dealer named Karl (Sam Rockwell), a group of hip urbanites (including Method Man), et al. And the movie just goes on and on, climbing into one bed of jokes after another as Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green tries to hone in on what he’s supposed to be doing here.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings The Sitter to home video via this “Totally Irresponsible Edition” Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo that is on par with other recent releases of new movies: crisp and clear. The set includes both the original R-rated theatrical cut of the film as well as an unrated extended version that runs about six-minutes longer. Special features include several deleted scenes, a gag reel, some unused improvisational lines, several featurettes about the making of the film, and trailers for other Fox titles.
The jokes are rocky and dumb. The moments of heartfelt drama as Noah bonds with the kids feel completely out of place, as are the portions of the movie wherein Sam Rockwell’s psychotic character come into play (they’re supposed to be weird, yes — but these come out as being too weird for the movie). The plot itself seems like a barely-tactful way of combining modern humor with ‘80s filmmaking. Frankly, I think it was this inattention to detail in general and the fact that the project is pretty unintelligent to begin with that made it so humorous to me.
And it’s for that reason alone that I actually recommend The Sitter: because it’s stupid.