WACKNESS Director Jonathan Levine Follows Up Honest Indie Feature With Generic Family Flick

     March 30, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

I have to admit, I’m a bit baffled by the news that “The Wackness” director has come on board to direct “The Sitter” which sounds painfully forgettable, even if you try to attach the phrase “Adventures in Babysitting”-esque.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s, the story follows a college student, suspended for the semester and living back at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door — two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl. I’ll be they’ll be sassy and wise-beyond-their years but with darling catchphrases that will make me want the biggest bag of weed that Luke Shapiro had to offer just so I don’t freak out and punch a child in the theatre.

Now maybe this film isn’t as bad as THR is making it out to be (of course, they’re not doing it intentionally; it’s what I’m inferring from the description) and Levine will do something interesting with it and give the film the same feeling of authenticity he provided for “The Wackness”. If not, he’s also developing a romantic thriller called “Positive” and “Echelon Vendetta,” based on David Stone’s novel.

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