The Babysitter's Seduction (1996)
Sleeping With the Babysitter
It was just another day for high school student Michelle Winston (Keri Russell - Honey I Blew Up the Kid) as she looked after the children of wealthy businessman Bill Bartrand (Stephen Collins - Ivana Trump's For Love Alone) and his wife Sally (Dawn Lambing). But when she returns to the house she finds Mrs. Bartrand dead which when the police arrive they initially suspect it was suicide. With Bill on his own Michelle helps out more with the children and finds herself falling in love with the wealthy business man who sets about seducing her. But as the police uncover that Mrs. Bartrand may have been having an affair their investigation turns to murder and Michelle finds herself caught up in the middle of it.
Spoiler alert, I better tell you that right away as to make "The Babysitter's Seduction" sound even a little bit entertaining I need to reveal something, although I am pretty sure you could work out the spoiler very quickly if you chose to walk away now and just watch "The Babysitter's Seduction".
So as to that spoiler, well Bill is the man behind his wife's murder, shock horror, and his seduction of fresh faced Michelle is all part of a devilish plan to stitch her up for the murder. That unfortunately is it when it comes to "The Babysitter's Seduction" and after we realise this it is a case of the innocent Michelle in over her head as the cunning Bill gets into her head whilst he goes to some incredible lengths to get away with murder. In truth it is a bit ridiculous yet also surprisingly entertaining.
But in truth that entertainment comes in quite a shallow way starting with the cast and a fresh faced Keri Russell being incredibly attractive and sweet. But we then have Jigsaw, yes Tobin Bell is in this movie as a detective who is a friend of Bill's, we also have Clair Huxtable, I mean Phylicia Rashad as another detective and on top of that we have Stephen Collins delivering evil mastermind. As I said it is shallow and none of these actors have good characters to play or at least believable characters yet they are enjoyable.
In fact "The Babysitter's Seduction" is also enjoyable for a variety of other reasons and I am not just on about a swimming pool scene which sees Keri Russell in a bikini or one of Bill's seduction moves. There is also Roger Floyd who plays Michelle's high school boyfriend yet a mid 20's Floyd struggles to convince he is of High School age. But my favourite is that this is one of the movies where some of the actors have obviously learned their skills on daytime soap operas and employ the mid sentence pause so frequently that I reckon if you edited out all of those pauses "The Babysitter's Seduction" would come in at under the hour mark.
What this all boils down to is that "The Babysitter's Seduction" is actually entertaining whilst not actually being a very good movie. Technically it is too obvious, too ridiculous and too frequently ends up cheesy but all of these things end up making it fun.
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