Welcome to Episode 001 of “80’s Film Flashback” Where tonight we will be discussing Adventures In Babysitting.
The Film: Adventures In Babysitting
When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting the Anderson kids, Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton). What should be a quiet night in, however, turns into a series of ridiculous exploits, starting when they leave the house to pick up Chris’ friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller). Soon, Brad’s buddy Daryl (Anthony Rapp) is involved, and the group must contend with car thieves, blues musicians and much more.
Release date: July 3, 1987
Director: Chris Columbus
Screenplay: David Simkins
Box office: 34.3 million USD
- Elisabeth Shue
- Maia Brewton
- Keith Coogan
- Anthony Rapp
- Vincent D’Onofrio
- Penelope Ann Miller
- Bradley Whitford
- Bradley Whitford was allowed to use his own Camaro for the movie. It has the license plate “SO COOL,” the actual license plate Bradley had on his car.
- Chris Columbus‘s directorial debut.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for the lead role, but withdrew in favor of Jodie Foster. But Foster, also withdrew, leaving Michelle Pfeiffer, Valerie Bertinelli, Elisabeth Shue and Justine Bateman as the only choices. Bateman withdrew from the project due to creative conflicts from the producers of Family Ties (1982). Pfeiffer left the project and instead starred in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Bertinelli lost out to Shue on the final day of auditions.
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