10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting is one of those classic 80s films that everyone has seen. It’s the film that made Elisabeth Shue ridiculously famous and totally made everyone wish that she was their babysitter.

You either had a crush on her or wanted to be her…she was the coolest girl to step out of the 80s.

The film, which was directed by 80s genius Chris Columbus follows Elisabeth’s character as her babysitting night turns into a disaster and she finds herself on the run from dodgy criminals with kids in tow. It’s ridiculous, often bizarre and a whole lotta fun and we’ve compiled a short list of surprising things you didn’t know about this 80s classic.

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10. This Was Chris Columbus’ Directorial Debut

Was this the film that made Chris Columbus’ career explode? We’re not sure, but all we do know is that after Chris made his debut directing this movie he then went on to direct a handful of absolute classics.

The 80s movie king himself…

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Some of the movies that Chris directed include: Home Alone, Mrs Doubtfire, Stepmom and both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

You’ve left the oven on Macaulay…

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You’ll also know Chris Columbus for his writing skills as in the 80s as he made a name for himself writing Gremlins, The Young Sherlock Holmes and everyone’s favourite…The Goonies.

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Hey you guuuuuys…

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Chris Columbus was an important figure in 80s and 90s film. These decades wouldn’t have been the same without these classic adventure films.

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9. They Broke The Law To Shoot The Subway Scene

What’s a film crew supposed to do when they need to shoot a subway scene at 3am and no one is on hand to help? Wait around for a metro official or go for another option?!

Breaking the law…

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Well, they didn’t go for the legal option! The crew had no time to wait around for officials to let them in and so took matters into their own hands.

They probably wore hoodies like this…

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It is reported that the stunt coordinator actually picked the lock of the subway station in order for the crew to break into the Chicago station and shoot the scene. Risky business.

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Amazing what you see in a subway at 3am…

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Amazingly, this wasn’t the only setback that the directors faced with the making of Adventures in Babysitting. Read on to discover how Elisabeth Shue could have stopped the film ever been made.

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8. Elisabeth Shue Wasn’t First Choice…

When producers took this film to Paramount they were told that the film could never work because the studio had another actress in mind. Elisabeth Shue was not a viable option for Paramount as they had their sights set on another famous actress more popular at the time.

Elisabeth wasn’t smiling at the time…

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Paramount told the producers that the film would never work unless it starred actress Molly Ringwald. They could only see it working with the Pretty in Pink actress and no one else. Harsh!

The popular choice…

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Luckily, this wasn’t an issue as Walt Disney’s Touchstone believed that it would have commercial appeal with an alternative actress. So the producers decided to work with Touchstone and go against Paramount’s advice.

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Lucky lucky…

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Many famous actresses auditioned for the part of Chris Parker and lucky for Shue she got the role.

This was one of the roles that kick-started her career.

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7. The Film Was Made Into A TV Spin-Off…And Failed!

Some things really are best left alone. Like The Wicker Man remake… just NOPE.

The film Adventures in Babysitting was eventually remade but way before that it was made into something much worse.

It’s like the actors could see into the future…

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In 1989 a pilot was made of a spin-off Adventures in Babysitting TV show. It wasn’t popular and didn’t become a series. We’re not surprised really, you can’t remake films like this for television. Want to see how bad it was?

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She told all her friends not to watch the pilot…

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Starring different actors, the TV pilot centred around another babysitting adventure that takes place using the same format. This time the characters find themselves in a hostage situation where things go from bad to worse.

Blissfully unaware of the TV spin-off…

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Surprisingly the pilot has 6.2 on IMDB. Unsurprisingly, this is based on only four reviews. FOUR! If you want to judge the pilot for yourselves you can actually watch the whole episode on YouTube here. Don’t say we haven’t warned you.

6. They Had Hygiene Issues With The Location In Toronto…

You heard that right. Hygiene issues in Toronto.

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Most of Adventures in Babysitting was actually filmed in Toronto and not Chicago like we were led to believe. But this caused massive problems for the crew in the most unexpected way ever.

Inner city life…

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Most cities tend to look the same and for a lot of the scenes, Toronto and Chicago did pass for the same location. There was one problem however, and it was huge. Toronto was just too clean! The producers had a solution for this however, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Trash talk…

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No one ever expected Toronto to be too clean for the shoot and it just didn’t work for the scenes at all. Producers had no choice with what they decided to do next, they simply had to find a way to make Toronto streets look more grimy….

Squeaky clean…

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In order for producers to make the streets of Toronto look more like Chicago they literally had to pour trash onto the street. This in itself created a problem, however, as the street cleaners were often too fast to clean up. To get around this problem they hired staff to keep an eye on the trash to make sure it wasn’t cleaned up too early.

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5. Elisabeth Shue Hated Posing As The Fake Playboy Centrefold…

Part of this film’s appeal is its ludicrous plot and the Playboy Magazine subplot is one that stands out as just….bizarre! The magazine seems to make an appearance numerous times in the film, so much so that it became part of the integral storyline.

Not all photos made her happy…

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In the movie, Elisabeth’s character finds her doppelganger in the centre of Playboy Magazine. Quite bizarre for a family film plot, but this meant that Elisabeth had to do something that she wasn’t happy with at all…

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She did whaaaat?

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As a young actress, Elisabeth didn’t expect to have to pose in the centre of Playboy. And although the magazine was fake, it still didn’t sit well with her at all.

Not impressed…

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The actress had such a hard time posing for the fake shoot she even told the Los Angeles Times back in ‘87 “please emphasize I did not take off my clothes for the shoot”.

4. Brad’s Heart Was Broken In Two…

Oh Brad!

In the film, Chris Parker (played by Elisabeth Shue) breaks Brad’s heart when she doesn’t reciprocate his amorous feelings towards her. But this took a strange turn later during filming…

Heart broken…

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It seems the actor Keith Coogan (who plays Brad) was quite keen on co-star Elisabeth Shue, and despite the age gap made a controversial announcement to her towards the end of filming.

Young love?

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It was reported that by the end of the film, Keith Coogan had developed a real-life crush on Elisabeth (along with every other teenage boy in the 80s). What happened in the storyline, hadn’t put him off speaking his true feelings. But were they reciprocated?

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Place your bets…

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When Keith Coogan suggested to Elisabeth Shue that they could start a more-than-just-friends relationship together Elisabeth Shue reacted badly. It is reported that the actress laughed in his face, exactly like in the scene where he does the same in the movie. Owch.

3. Chris Columbus Cast His Wife As A Teen Street Walker…

When you really look at Adventures in Babysitting in fine detail you will see little awkward moments that make you wonder how the producers got away with it.

Awkward…

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We can’t think of a reason why a director would do this but Chris Columbus made a very controversial decision whilst making Adventures in Babysitting.

Adventures in graphics…

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Despite Adventures in Babysitting being a family film, there were definite moments during the film which made us wonder what the writers and producers were thinking!

Classy look…

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A little known (and frankly a bit weird) fact is that the director Chris Columbus cast his wife as a teen runway and prostitute in the film. Why would anyone do this? Bizarre.

2. Bradley Whitford Was A Total Jerk…

The problem that actor Bradley Whitford had, was that most of the films he starred in during the 80s and 90s, he played the stereotypical ‘jerk’. But why was this a problem?

No one wants to be the jerk…

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Being the stereotypical jerk landed Bradley Whitford some seriously juicy roles but the actor was concerned that he would be typecast as the jerk in all future movies.

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When you’re the jerk in the movie, this is how your co-stars look at you…

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Bradley Whitford decided to approach his agent about this issue as he was genuinely concerned that he would be forever typecast as a jerk and this would damage his career. We don’t think he expected this reply though…

That face though…

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After approaching his agent with genuine concerns about being typecast and it damaging his career his agent told him that he didn’t have a career to destroy. We imagine that this brought the actor crashing right back down to earth and that must have hurt!

1. The Famous Blues Scene Almost Didn’t Happen…

Anyone who has seen this film knows that the plot is really random. It’s really random in a classic 80s adventure movie kinda way though so it works.

Shue’s got the blues…

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What’s more random than a group of kids running away from criminals trying to kill them and having to run into a blues bar where they’re forced to sing? What’s not to love about that?! But this scene very nearly didn’t happen.

Iconic scene…

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Do we ever remember entire films or specific movie scenes? There were a few moments in Adventures in Babysitting but the scene that stood out the most was the iconic blues scene, where the entire gang have to sing for their lives…

The time of her life…

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The writer was said to have not been keen on the scene at all but Chris Columbus insisted that it was to be part of the film and we’re glad it was included as it became iconic. Elisabeth Shue said it was one of the most exciting scenes she’s ever filmed too.