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The Babysitters

Personal Rating

IMDb

At 17, high-school junior Shirley Lyner is thinking about college and running a babysitting service that provides teen call girls to the dads of young children. In a long flashback, we see what brought her from being a babysitter to organizing and running the service. It starts with Michael, the father of children she baby-sits. A cup of coffee on the way home from his house, a night visit to a train yard, and one thing leads to another. Shirley can be ruthless, and tension builds when some of the clients take the girls to a mountain cabin and bring drugs. Then, one of the girls tries to freelance. Can this end well: is it a tragedy in the making? Do we all have secrets?

20

56

Rotten Tomatoes

MetaCritic

32

47

COMBINED RATING

2007

34.8

 

           

Bandslam

Personal Rating

IMDb

Will centres on a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music. Assembling a like-minded crew of misfits, the friends form a rock group and perform in the battle of the bands competition at their school.

60

63

Rotten Tomatoes

MetaCritic

73

66

COMBINED RATING

2009

64.4

 

           

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

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IMDb

In a small town of France, life seems to be still and somewhat boring for a group of teenage friends who day in, day out, are asked to cope not only with the usual issues in the life of a high-school student but also with the restless search for love and sex. Under those circumstances, when an innocent game of truth or dare on a Saturday night party will rapidly transform into a mandatory, dare only, series of sexy challenges between friends, the means to unfold one's true self and the hidden potential in everyone present will be evident. Before long, alcohol and a few drugs will give birth to the new "Bang Gang" revolution, nevertheless, what deceptively appears as a way to deal with boredom, strained family relationships, emancipation, and above all, liberty, will quickly turn into the biggest scandal and a mockery of a modern fairy tale.

60

55

Rotten Tomatoes

MetaCritic

50

62

COMBINED RATING

2015

57.2

 

           

Begin Again

Personal Rating

IMDb

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

80

74

Rotten Tomatoes

MetaCritic

82

72

COMBINED RATING

2013

77.6

 

           

The Big Sick

Personal Rating

IMDb

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes.

60

75

Rotten Tomatoes

MetaCritic

93

78

COMBINED RATING

2017

73.2

 

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