Adventures in Babysitting | Saturday Doobie Feature| Movies & Marijuana
Welcome back to The Saturday Doobie Feature! This week, hosts Justin and Cory go back to the summer of 1987, a simpler time when $40 was enough to get you out of any tight spot, to witness Elisabeth Shue as the world’s greatest blues singer/babysitter in Adventures in Babysitting.
Kick back, relax and enjoy the show below!
After her boyfriend Mike (Bradly Whitford) unexpectedly cancels their anniversary date, Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue), babysits Sara (Maia Brewton) and Brad (Keith Coogan) while they attend a party in Chicago. After receiving a phone call from her friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who needs help at a bus station, Chris plans to go alone to pick her up, but Brad, Sara and Daryl (Brad’s Friend/Anthony Rapp) make her take them along. Their station wagon suffers a flat tire and they are picked up by a kind tow truck driver, “Handsome” John Pruitt (John Ford Noonan), who offers to pay for the tire when Chris realizes she forgot her purse. En route, Pruitt gets a call from his boss Dawson (Vincent D’Onofrio) saying his wife is cheating on him, and Pruitt rushes to confront the infidelity, accidentally shooting out the windshield of Chris’ car with a revolver while aiming to kill the cheating wife’s lover. Chris and the kids hide in the adulterer’s Cadillac, which is then car-jacked by a thief named Joe Gipp (Calvin Levels).
Hiding out on the South Side, the kids realize they have stumbled upon a chop shop, and Joe is punched and chided by the operation’s second-in-command, Graydon (Ron Canada), for bringing witnesses. They are detained in an upstairs office but manage to escape over the rafters and through a window, whereas Joe spots them but does not alert Graydon. They enter a blues club where the band on stage won’t let them leave until they sing the blues. Chris, Brad, Sara and Daryl recount their events so far that night to the cheers of the audience and are allowed to leave, successfully losing Graydon and his leader Bleak (John Chandler).
They are then found and chased again by Greydon and Bleak, but manage to escape on the Chicago ‘L’ train and wind up in the middle of a gang fight in which Brad is injured when one of the gang leaders throws a switchblade onto his foot. They take Brad to the hospital, where he receives a single stitch to his toe, while the rest are led to believe he had died. They run into Pruitt, who tells the kids he replaced the windshield, but they need to pay Dawson $50 for the tire. The kids come across a fraternity house party and Chris meets and becomes attracted to Dan Lynch (George Newbern), a gentleman who learns of Chris’ problem and donates $45 to help. He takes them to Dawson’s Garage and drops them off. When they find Dawson, his blond hair and sledge hammer leads Sara to believe he is her hero Thor. He coldly denies them their car because of the $5 shortage, but when Sara offers him her toy Thor helmet, he changes his mind and lets them go. Meanwhile, Joe Gipp told Bleak about their troubles and the three are waiting to follow them. The kids find the restaurant where Mike was supposed to take Chris and discover he is there with another girl. Sara slips away on her own to look at a toy store while Chris yells at Mike. Brad stands up for his friend while Daryl kicks Mike into a food cart, ruining the dinner. Meanwhile, Sara is spotted by Bleak, and Graydon chases her to an office building where she goes into hiding on a floor being renovated; the others note her disappearance and follow, accidentally coming across the Andersons’ party at the same time. After Sara climbs out one of the open windows and slides down the building, Chris spots her and they run upstairs to help.
After pulling Sara from outside the window, Bleak confronts them, but Joe knocks his boss out, giving him a Playboy Magazine that Daryl had stolen, which had important notes that the criminals wanted. The kids hurriedly pick up Brenda from the bus station and rush home, narrowly avoiding the Andersons on the way. Once back home, the kids go upstairs while Chris dismisses Brenda and cleans up the mess left earlier, settling into place just as the Andersons return. Everything back to normal, Chris tells Sara that the night was her last babysitting gig, but all of them agree that it was the best night of their lives (so far). After Chris leaves, Dan arrives with one of Sara’s missing skates. He says he needs a babysitter and is disappointed when Chris said she’s retired; he then confesses that the babysitter was for him. Chris decides that retirement can wait and gladly agrees to babysit Dan. With Sara’s encouragement (from the bedroom window), Chris and Dan laugh and kiss as Brad closes the blinds.
Hilariously in a scene after the closing credits, Graydon is seen still stuck on the building ledge.
Adventures in Babysitting
Released: July 3, 1987
Directed By: Chris Columbus
Written By: David Simkins
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford and Vincent D’Onofrio
Produced By: Debra Hill & Lynda Obst
DP: Ric Waite
Edited By: Fredric & William Steinkamp
Production Co: Touchstone Pictures & Silver Screen Partners III
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
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