The Babysitters is an indie film about a high school junior who turns herself and her friends into a prostitutes who service the married men of the community. The plot follows Shirley Lyner, played by Katherine Waterston, as she recounts how she and her friends started pimping themselves out to a bunch of middle-aged suburban men. Katherine Waterston is the anal retentive Lolita to John Leguizamo's suburbanly ennui'd Humbert. John Leguizamo's deficient acting is complemented by Cynthia Nixon taking on the role of John Leguizamo's devoted housewife.
The film begins in media res during an orgy scene and then jumps back to a boring, simpler time in Shirley's life. Like everything else in this movie, this beginning 5 minutes of introduction to the film's premise is indicative of what the rest of the film's hook is: female teenage promiscuity. All the girls that appear in the film are DTF, and so much so that they're willing to do it for money with older males. It objectifies these girls in the name of independent cinema, and really does not depict males other than in a hopelessly despicable light. By this, I mean the males in the film are almost without agency due to their situation as providers of multiple dependents. They are driven to these female muses since their domestic life sucks ass. I don't buy it. I've been there (sorta), and I'm not buying what they're selling me. The Waterston/Leguizamo scenes seemed lacking in the chemistry department, which undercuts the impetus for the entire story. There wasn't enough development of the connection between the two. This would've added only like 5 minutes of footage (2-3 minutes of dialogue at most), but would have made their love connection more believable and more understandable (vs. something that is purely carnal).
It's completely a male fantasy, and I'm against the entire concept of the film since it does nothing to build upon a topic already fraught with controversy. One of the things I do find good about the film is the use of Katherine Waterston as the lead. I googled her and found that she looks really good with shoulder-length hair. But in the film, she wears long, flat hair and jumped back and forth across the ATTRACTIVE line. Most of the times I thought she was attractive was when she was about to have sex, having sex, or shirtless. The verisimilitude of this mediocre-looking being the one who brings about all the risky behavior is believable. It's the theater kids who have the most sex and are the ones who have done the most stuff by the time they get out of high school. They may have acne. They may drive a POS Volvo (sorry See/Read). They may have a shitty job at a bagel shop. But they are getting down more than the bourgeois cooler, richer, attractive-er kids in their grade. That's where this movie sorta makes sense. It's a complete fantasy that the good-looking middle-age man finds some gorgeous Venus with whom to copulate. They bring it down (just a notch) have John Leguizamo score a semi-attractive, anal retentive girl. Because it's never the really hot girl who's mature enough to maintain a relationship with an older man, since she's so hot she doesn't have to be anything for anyone until later. The Babysitters a good watch to check out indie film cinematography, but nothing much more than that. Oh yeah... that and some boobage.