Movie Review: The Babysitter (2017)

A Netflix original movie released in 2017, The Babysitter is a horror-comedy movie, directed by McG. Cole (Judah Lewis) is 12 years old, and the last of his friends to still have a babysitter, and his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving) may not be quite what she seems. One night, as Bee’s friends come over – Max (Robbie Amell, Arrow), Allison (Bella Thorne), Sonya (Hana Mae Lee, Pitch Perfect) and John (Andrew Bachelor) – things take a strange turn, with Cole stuck right in the middle of it.

+ the relationship between Cole (Lewis) and Bee (Weaving) is genuinely quite heartwarming. I wish I had a cooler older girl to hang out with when I was 12 (obviously, sisters don’t count)
+ the whole movie is full of such dark comedy you’ll laugh as there is blood flying all over the place. The deadpan delivery of many lines, one sequence between Cole and Max (Amell) in particular, will make you smile despite the horrible circumstances. Amell and Bella Thorne are the highlights for the comedy, and I actually hope to see them on screen together again sometime
+ related to the above, there is plenty of blood and gore in this movie. It never comes across as torture-porn-like, but you’ll probably want to avoid this if you’re squeamish. Personally, while I did wake my dog up once by saying ‘holy shit’ to myself, I found it to be funny more than anything else

– there are a few smaller plot holes, but your interpretation of the plot will depend on whether these are big enough to warrant this negative point

> Weaving, an Australian actress, shares her surname with another famous Aussie actor, uncle Hugo Weaving.

Should you see this film: Watching this movie was the product of a random Netflix choice, and I could not be happier with my decision. This movie was funny, heartwarming and filled to the brim with blood, which are all the things I like to see. I think you’ll all enjoy this.

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