The Sitter review (Blu-ray)

Is this the last film in which we're going to see a fat Jonah Hill? It was cleary made before 21 Jump Street, which features the slimmed-down version. Here, he's still quite the chubster ... and the only shining light in a somewhat average film.

Hill plays Noah, a college dropout still living with his mother. He's a bit of a jobless lose, but strangely, he has a hot girlfriend, Marissa (Graynor). Go figure. Anyway, the plot involves Noah having to babysit a neighbour's three kids so that his mum can go on a date.

During the night, Marissa requires him to go and buy somoe cocaine from her dealer, Karl (Rockwell) and deliver it to her at a party. So he packs the kids into the car and heads into Manhattan, where they get into all sorts of misadventures.

It's a pretty conventional plot, with nothing we haven't seen many times before – most recently in Date Night, and back in 1987 in A Night on the Town (aka Adventures in Babysitting). What the makers of The Sitter have added is lots of crude humour and a liberal smattering of swearing.

There are some good performances – Hill and Rockwell being the standouts – but there are a few too many storylines being juggled, and it doesn't all hang together. Still, it's a decent enough flick for a saturday night in with some beers and a pizza – particularly if you still have a soft spot for the heftier Hill.

EXTRAS ★★½ Text Deleted and extended scenes; a making-of featurette; a behind-the-scenes look at Hill in his role as producer; a gag reel, plus two extra sets of outtakes.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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