The Babysitters

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Released 2007

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Director:
David Ross
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

The Babysitters is a 2007 film starring Katherine Waterson, John Leguizamo, and Cynthia Nixon in a story about an enterprising high school teenager who transforms her part-time babysitting job into a full-time call girl operation. Waterson plays Shirley Lyner, an adventurous teen who has trouble relating to people her own age. She makes money babysitting for some local families, including Michael Beltran's (Leguizamo). Michael and Shirley begin to spend extra time together after she sits for him, and she realizes she gets along well with older men. When she innocently accepts some extra babysitting cash in return for sharing an intimate moment with Michael, she realizes she's accidentally stumbled onto a reliable front for a call girl business. She enlists the help of some other pretty girls from her school, and soon Shirley's extracurricular activities are requiring her full attention. In The Babysitters, Shirley explores human morality and sexuality as her business quickly gets out of control.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The film remains engaging in no small part because of the beguiling and enigmatic performance of Waterston, daughter of "Law & Order" star Sam Waterston. It is a shame she isn't gi...

  • 50

    Variety

    It ultimately fails to deliver on the audacity of its premise. Neither truly original nor a guilty-pleasure genre spin, the picture lacks a hook for general audiences who may find ...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Shirley's instant metamorphosis from insecure high school student to ruthless madam is ludicrous in spite of the best efforts of the talented Ms. Waterston to convince you otherwis...

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    love/hate relationships, outrageous situations, high stake situations, forbidden love, girl next door