DirectorGuy Ferland Initial DVD releaseMarch 26, 2002 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17) Based onThe short story
by Robert Coover WriterRobert Coover (story), Guy Ferland CastAlicia Silverstone (Jennifer), Jeremy London (Jack), J. T. Walsh (Harry Tucker), Nicky Katt (Mark), Lee Garlington (Dolly Tucker), George Segal (Bill Holsten) Similar moviesFactory Girl, Angel, Normal Adolescent Behavior, The Great Beauty, Fish Tank, Heavenly Creatures
TaglineSomething about her captures the imagination.
The babysitter 1980
The Babysitter is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Guy Ferland and starring Alicia Silverstone based on the eponymous short story by Robert Coover in his collection Pricksongs and Descants (1969). The film was released direct-to-video in October 1995.
Jennifer (Alicia Silverstone) is a beautiful teenager who is hired to babysit the children of Harry Tucker (J.T. Walsh) and his wife, Dolly Tucker (Lee Garlington), while they attend a party hosted by their friends, Bill Holsten (George Segal) and his wife, Bernice Holsten (Lois Chiles). Harry often fantasizes about Jennifer, while Dolly misinterprets Bill's compliments as a sign of attraction and fantasizes about him. Meanwhile, Jennifer's ex-boyfriend Jack (Jeremy London), whom she broke up with after he began pressuring her for sex, runs into his estranged troublemaking friend Mark (Nicky Katt), Bill and Bernice's son, who once had a fling with Jennifer and still harbors feelings for her. Throughout the night, Harry, Jack and Mark have increasingly racy fantasies about Jennifer.
Jack calls Jennifer and asks to visit her at the Tuckers' residence, but she refuses. Mark later steals beer from Bill's party, where they run into Harry, who becomes fixated on the notion Jack might go to his house to have sex with Jennifer. Jack and Mark get increasingly drunk and show up uninvited to see Jennifer, but she refuses to let them in. They then spend the rest of the night stalking around the house and spying on her through the window. Meanwhile, Harry gets drunk and falls asleep in his car, where he has a nightmare of Jennifer and Jack having sex, which drives him to rush home and confront them. In his absence, Dolly makes a pass at Bill, who rejects her, but agrees to keep her secret and offers to drive her home.
At the Tuckers' residence, Jack and Mark force their way in while Jennifer is taking a bath and, after a tense argument, Mark knocks Jack unconscious and attempts to rape Jennifer, who runs out of the house. Mark pursues her and ends up being fatally run over by Harry, who is arrested for drunk driving just as Bill and Dolly arrive and hear about the accident. Before being escorted home, Jennifer confronts Jack, who is being questioned by the police, and asks him, "What were you thinking?" before leaving an ashamed and guilt-stricken Jack behind.
Alicia Silverstone as Jennifer
Jeremy London as Jack
Nicky Katt as Mark Holsten
J. T. Walsh as Harry Tucker
Lee Garlington as Dolly Tucker
Lois Chiles as Bernice Holsten
George Segal as Bill Holsten
Ryan Slater as Jimmy
Brittany English Stephens as Bitsy
Tuesday Knight as Waitress
The Babysitter received negative reviews; as of August 2015, it holds a 17% "rotten" rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.