The Sitter

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This article is about the 2011 comedy. For the 1991 made-for-tv film, see The Sitter (1991 film). For the 2007 horror film also titled, The Sitter, see While the Children Sleep.
The Sitter
The Sitter Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by David Gordon Green
Produced by Michael De Luca
Written by Brian Gatewood
Alessandro Tanaka
Starring Jonah Hill
Max Records
Ari Graynor
J. B. Smoove
Sam Rockwell
Music by Jeff McIlwain
David Wingo
Cinematography Tim Orr
Edited by Craig Alpert
Michael De Luca Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)
Running time
81 minutes[1]
87 minutes (unrated extended version)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[2]
Box office $34.5 million[3]

The Sitter is a 2011 comedy film directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Michael De Luca. The film follows a slacker college student who, after being suspended, is forced by his mother to fill in for a babysitter that called in sick. During this time, he takes his charges along for his extensive criminal escapades.

The film is a Michael De Luca Productions and 20th Century Fox joint venture, distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film was originally scheduled to be released in theaters on August 5, 2011, but was pushed back to December 9, 2011.


Noah (Jonah Hill) is a college student who has been suspended from school and lives with his divorced mother. When the babysitter of Mrs. Pedulla, who is wealthy and is setting up his mother with a surgeon, calls in sick, he reluctantly agrees to babysit her spoiled kids: neurotic son Slater (Max Records), pop culture obsessed wild child Blithe (Landry Bender) and pyromaniac adopted son Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez).



The Sitter has received mostly negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 107 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The consensus states: "With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and a formula performance from Jonah Hill, The Sitter adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green."[4] Richard Roeper listed it as the #1 worst movie of 2011.

Home media[edit]

The Sitter was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2012.


  1. ^ "Title « British Board of Film Classification". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Movie Projector: 'New Year's Eve' cheer; 'The Sitter'? Not so much -". 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ "The Sitter (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  4. ^ "The Sitter". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 

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