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The Sitter

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Role: Roxanne
Rating: R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: December 9, 2011 (USA)
Running Time: 1h 21min | 1h 27min (unrated)
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Written by: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka
Produced by: Michael De Luca, Jonah Hill
Cast: Jonah Hill, Max, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove, Sam Rockwell, Landry Bender, Kevin Balmore, Kylie Bunbury, Erin Daniels, D.W. Moffett, Jessica Hecht , ...
Noah Griffith (Jonah Hill) is stuck in a rut; he's been kicked out of college, and his self-absorbed girlfriend, Marisa (Ari Graynor), treats him poorly. All Noah wants to do these days is watch TV, but as a favor to his mother, he agrees to baby-sit a neighbor's three freakish children: Slater (Max Records), Blithe (Landry Bender) and Rodrigo (Kevin Hernandez). Coerced to score some drugs for Marisa in exchange for sex, Noah must take the terrible trio along on a wild odyssey through New York.


Roxanne is smart, beautiful and cute and went to college with Noah. She always thought he was nice, funny, smart and sweet but was just too nervous to ever talk to him. When she sees him again at a party she is working at, they talk and she invites him to hang out with her and some colleagues after work. Roxanne obviously has a crush on Noah and is sad when she finds out that he has a girlfriend. By the end of the film, Noah and his girlfriend are broken up and Roxanne and Noah take a walk under the stars. The credits reveal that they are now in a healthy relationship.

Production & Reception

The film was shot in September 2010 in New York City, USA.

The film was originally scheduled to be released in theaters on August 5, 2011, but was pushed back to December 9, 2011.

THE SITTER grossed $30.4 million in the United States and Canada and $4.5 million in other territories for a total gross of $34.9 million, against a production budget of $25 million.

The film made $9.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office behind New Year's Eve ($13 million).

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 21% based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "With its recycled plot, misguided gags, and formula performance from Jonah Hill, THE SITTER adds up to another disappointing entry from director David Gordon Green." On Metacritic the film has a score of 39 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

Empire magazine awarded it a score of two out of five stars, saying "It never really gels except for a few spots here and there." The Guardian awarded it one out of five stars, saying "Very light on gags, and then, with an awful inevitability, very heavy on the sentimental life-lessons getting learnt by Noah and his adorable young charges. Avoid." Roger Ebert awarded it one out of four stars, saying "I don't blame Green for working in the genre. But I blame him for making a bad movie that isn't funny." The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a more mixed review, saying "The fusion works far better than Green's sword-and-sandal-and-stoners dud Your Highness, but is unlikely to connect with audiences like his previous '80s riff Pineapple Express."

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released THE SITTER (including an unrated version) on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2012. The following special features are included:

Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
Gag Reel
For Your Consideration
Jonah The Producer
The Making Of The Sitter
Theatrical Trailer



A promotional poster includes the personal phone number of Jonah Hill. It is listed as (917) 409-7838. Hill has set an automatic message or will speak to the caller either in character or as himself.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.