Bekind Rewind | Oregon | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Wifetime channel shows this one a lot, but unless you have a bizarre craving to sit through hours of commercials for car insurance and feminine hygiene products, I wouldn't recommend it. Just get the DVD and save yourself the trouble. You can always use it for a coaster, if nothing else.
This is KERI RUSSELL we're talking about here. The previous reviewers all approached this movie the same way: "how much nudity is there? NO NUDITY? Oh no!" They're idiots, don't be like them. I'm GLAD they didn't enjoy it. Heathens. They've spent too many hours in the dank backwaters of the internet, searching for pictures of things I don't even want to think about, to truly appreciate the lovely Keri Russell in all her teenage glory.
She is so serenely beautiful it takes your breath away (something tells me previous reviewers are using other means to achieve the same goal).
I think that the reason previous reviewers don't appreciate this movie is because Keri is like a goddess in a Da Vinci painting. You wouldn't expect Mona Lisa to run around naked, would you? Those guys would stand in front of the painting and say "I don't like it. She's got clothes on."
If you first saw Keri Russell on "Felicity," bear in mind that this was made two years before that, in 1996. Her youthful beauty is without a doubt the only thing that saves this turkey from jumping out of your DVD player and flopping around on the floor.
As a bonus for you, because she was in the beginning of her acting career she apparently couldn't afford new blue jeans and so was forced to wear the ones from her childhood. She'd plainly outgrown them. Ahem.
As for the plot, it's "Evil Stepfather, Version 543.7". What makes or breaks a movie of this genre depends on casting a truly warped actor to play the wicked stepfather. Unfortunately, this movie doesn't. Instead, they got Stephen Collens, who wouldn't be convincing as an out-of-work Accountant, if you ask me. He's about as menacing as a grocery clerk. He valiently chews the scenery for two hours, to no avail. He obviously spent the check before he'd seen the script, or else been hired by the producers to deliberately ruin the movie (a la "The Producers").
The twist in this variation is that it's not a terrified step-daughter being threatened here, it's the poor, beguiling baby sitter (played by Keri Russell), who is seduced by Pops upon the rather unclear disappearance of his wife. Some instinct for bad movies tells me her scenes wound up on the cutting room floor. (The gaping hole in the plot, for instance.)
After plying Keri with Wifey's left-behind jewels and elegant gowns, she is swept into a whirlwind of illicit couplings (shot in the patented "swirly slo-mo pan mode" with appropriate 70's "wallpaper" music). Keri endures a few groping sessions with Pops, all the while hiding her hussy ways from her loving plastic family.
Now, I don't want to the "plot," such as it is, on the extremely unlikely chance you may derive some enjoyment from, but you'll find yourself glued to the edge of your seat (if you're not careful) at the end of the chase scene which winds up at the aforementioned pool, where earlier the cretin Pops had ogled Keri swimming in a bikini (obviously admiring her stroke) rubbing his slimy hands together and hatching his evil plot. Keri rises slowly from the steamy water, wearing semi-transparent clothing on an obviously very chilly night (ahem).
It's something to look forward to. When you see Keri thrashing around in the pool, you'll probably want to give yourself a big hand for coming so far.
Phylicia Rashad attempts to act in the role of Detective Kate Jacobs, a retired whaling boat captain or something (I don't recall, it was just after the "pool scene" and I had to rest up and hose down the room) who now has the free time to run LAPD. She tries to warn Keri that something is hinkey about Pops but supects that Keri is possibly mixed up in the disappearance of wifey, and so is forced to let Pops have his (and quite possibly, your) sordid way with our porcelain-skinned goddess.
The director, David Burton Morris, and costume designer C.A. Melto are interviewed on the accompanying documentary. If you listen closely you can hear them as they beat the writer with their unemployment forms, symbolizing the last vestiges of their once-promising careers.
Can Keri prevail, or will Pops overcome her? Will his evil plan work? Get the DVD to find out!"
Terrific entertainment. Keri Russell is gorgeous!!
Shirley Tallman | Eugene, Oregon | 09/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who bought this movie thinking it was porn, needs to go back to school and learn how to read (and probably how to put half a thought together). If I were those two losers, I'd be ashamed to admit I was stupid enough to think this cast would be involved in a porn movie. Get your minds out of the cellar, boys! Oh, I forgot, you weren't blessed with brains. For your information, this movie has already become a cult favorite for those in the know.
The Babysitter's Seduction is fun Friday night entertainment. Keri Russell is absolutely gorgeous and a darn good actress, especially considering she was only 17 or 18 when the movie was filmed.
Take off your shoes, make yourself a bowl of popcorn, curl up on the couch and prepare to lose yourself in a really good movie. I especially enjoyed the non-stop action-packed ending. This one is going to become a classic!"
Thoroughly Enjoyed This Movie
Cat Lover | Danville, CA | 09/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think it's very unfair of some reviewers to give this movie such a bad review just because they thought they were buying porn. I saw this movie when it first came out and then got it on DVD. I've seen it 4 times and really like it.
If you like Lifetime movies for women, you will like this. It has everything: Beautiful young girl, dashing male co-star, an old favorite - Phylicia Rashad from the Cosby Show, and a quick-moving, suspenseful plot with a very exciting final scene. It's light and entertaining and just the kind of movie to curl up in front of in your sweats with a bowl of popcorn on a cloudy day or rainy evening.
Keri Russell is really beautiful and does a good job with the material. This movie is what helped to propel her into stardom. Any true Keri Russell fan MUST own a copy of this movie!"