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The Babysitter (2017)

Directed by McG Written by Brian Duffield

The plot for The Babysitter really is as simple as stated on IMDB: “The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter”

We don’t receive much (if any) back story on Samara Weaving’s character (Bee). The beautiful neighbor/babysitter who watches over twelve-year-old cowardly Cole, played by Judah Lewis. Whose unpopularity is brought upon by an unwillingness to stand up for himself. That is, until seeing a group of teenagers sacrifice an innocent in his living room gives him the confidence boost needed. The willing Satanists including Robbie Amell (Max), Hana Mae Lee (Sonya), Andrew Bachelor (John), and Bella Thorne as Allison who each played their outrageous stereotypes to a ‘T’ because without such antics, would have made for a pretty lackluster second half considering any other viable options that could have been explored.  
Though in actuality, we have Cole’s freaky little girlfriend Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) to thank as it’s only after her suggestion for him to stay up in order to witness the ‘inevitable’ orgy Bee was sure to participate in, that even kicks off the night of chaos. Despite a scene in which the group of followers corral into Cole’s room in order to steal some of that ‘top-shelf pure shit’ (blood), that also seemed as far as it would have gone on that end. For how much longer one can’t say as it’s brought up later whether there had been other children, of which is affirmed; but to veer off on that tangent wouldn’t necessarily go anywhere and be a digression not needed to entertain. Those are the kinds of questions that can come around in the third installment, should there be a need to delve that deeply.

However this was a bit difficult for me in that first seeing the trailer, I’ll admit it had a certain appeal (alright it was the fact that Depeche Mode owned that shit!) but once seeing the Director attached, surmised how I’d feel about it and wasn’t too far off once the credits rolled. Though make sure to stay for the extra scene after the initial credits indicating possibly a sequel which I wouldn’t mind being a prequel (rather) and detailing a bit more on Bee. Having very little doubts about whether Weaving would be able to carry a film of that magnitude (easily), it could end somewhere along the lines of her establishing some of the relationships we see her with in this film. There were also minor, howbeit comedic performances from ‘parents’ Ken Marino/Leslie Bibb (Cole) and Chris Wylde (Melanie), which I presume were added to show that parents existed in this world where you might not otherwise get the sense for it. 

But the reason the film didn’t leave any lasting impression on me lay solely on the fact that it’s clearly geared toward a younger audience and rather, plays out like some preteens wet dream come true. But if that’s what the ultimate goal was then kudos, you succeeded tenfold. The first time I even sat down to view this I kept feeling like at any moment it would pan out and reveal the reality at hand. Which may only be a testament to how many films I see, but the point being that it relied too heavily on the fantasy aspect which made me view the film in a different manner. 
Then trying to throw in some concealed story-line involving whether Cole’s parents would stay together
 and how this was an important time for him; transitioning from boy to man. Some of the extra details felt forced and made me think of other films like Jennifer’s Body or McG’s first film, Charlie’s Angels in that as much over the top and absurd things that the film may throw at you, you also find yourself unable to look away entirely. While ultimately a fun film I simply found myself more interested in what kind of origin story could be made for our big Bee.