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USA: Peace Arch Films
Cast: John Leguizamo, Katherine Waterston, Cynthia Nixon, Andy Comeau, Lauren Birkell, Louisa Krause, Denis O'Hare, Halley Wegryn Gross, Ethan Phillips, Alexandra Daddario, Spencer Treat Clark, Jason Dubin, Harold Fort, Michael Yavnielli, Andi Potamkin, Kim Shaw, Jay Patterson
Director: David Ross
USA: 90 mins
USA Rated: R for disturbing strong sexual content, language and some drug use - involving teens
USA Release Date: 9 May 2008 (Limited Release - New York)
Shirley Lyner (Katherine Waterston) is a typical high school teen. Along with worries about her grades and the SAT's; she wonders if her best friend's step-brother likes her, as well as babysitting a few nights to make some extra cash. Shirley even has a small crush on one of her new clients, the dad, Michael Beltran (John Leguizamo), who makes her blush when he comes to collect her.
But when Mr Beltran kisses Shirley before taking her home, Shirley kisses back. And the extra big tip Mr. Beltran gives Shirley on top of her babysitting fee feels less like a guilty payoff and more like a little surge of electricity. So when Mr Beltran's friend wants to know if Shirley has any friends who can also "baby-sit", Shirley sees a way she can make a quick twenty percent. Before long, Shirley realizes, the more girls she has "babysitting", the bigger her college fund.
Unfortunately for Shirley, the seven deadly sins are deadly for a reason. Soon greed, envy, jealousy have Shirley caught up not in love, not even in lust, but in a high stakes game of commerce where the buying and selling may look like fun, but the consequences can be fatal.
Written and directed by David Ross, THE BABYSITTERS is a cautionary tale about the risky and unintended consequences of living out one's fantasies and stars John Leguizamo (Michael Beltran), Katherine Waterston (Shirley) and Cynthia Nixon (Gail Beltran).