Jessica Miglio
Owen Gleiberman
May 07, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Babysitters

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/09/08
performer
John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon, Katherine Waterston
director
David Ross
distributor
Peace Arch
author
David Ross
genre
Drama

We gave it a D+

The premise is out of ’70s porn, and so is the overbroad satire and almost total lack of conviction. Katherine Waterston, who’s like a bookish Juliette Lewis, plays a teenage wallflower who starts to sleep with the man she’s babysitting for (John Leguizamo). Blink and you’ll miss the moment she morphs into a heartless pimp-madam, organizing the local Heathers into a ring of babysitter hookers. Director David Ross one-dimensionalizes the girls (they’re capitalist vamps) and makes the men victims. He should have called this The Stepford Sluts. D+

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