It’s been nearly 30 years since “Adventures in Babysitting” opened in theaters, but one timeless rule holds true: You don’t mess with the babysitter.
The 1987 Chris Columbus comedy stars Elisabeth Shue as high school senior Chris Parker, who accepts a last-minute gig babysitting for the Anderson family. While watching precocious 8-year-old Sara (Maia Brewton) and her lovesick 15-year-old brother Brad (Keith Coogan), Chris gets a call from her best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who is stranded at a Chicago bus station after attempting to run away from home. With no choice but to help her pal, Chris packs the kids into their mom’s Buick Electra for a rescue mission.
Of course, things don’t exactly go according to plan, and the kids find themselves similarly stuck in the Windy City and running from a gang of angry carjackers.
On June 24, Disney Channel brings “Adventures in Babysitting” to a whole new generation in an original movie remake starring Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson as Jenny Parker and Lola Perez, a pair of high school seniors whose separate babysitting gigs become intertwined after one of their kids, Zac (Kevin Quinn), sneaks into the city for a concert. With four kids in tow–Emily (Nikki Hahn), Katy (Mallory James Mahoney), Bobby (Jet Jurgensmeyer) and AJ (Madision Horcher)–Jenny and Lola set out to retrieve Zac before the parents come home.
With XFINITY On Demand, you can now watch the new “Adventures” early (click here to watch online)! And, sure, this 2016 version is updated with cell phones and the internet, but the movie still offers plenty of throwbacks and winks to 1987 to please even the most die-hard fans of the original.
Keep scrolling to check out 7 moments in the new “Adventures” that will have you feeling nostalgic:
1. The Big City Is a Scary Place
Whether it’s Brenda running away from home and getting trapped at the bus station in 1987 or Zac slipping out his window to buy concert tickets from a pawn shop in 2016, the big city is the worst possible place an unattended minor could ever go ever. And they must be rescued.
2. Grand Theft Auto
Transportation (and a lack thereof) is a major problem for the babysitters and their wards in both versions of “Adventures in Babysitting,” and the gangs in 1987 and 2016 solve this conundrum the same way—by stealing a car! The gamble pays off better, however, for the new crew.
3. The Cost of Doing Business
It didn’t cost much to hire a babysitter in 1987, and when Chris considers the unlikelihood that the Anderson’s will ever employ her again, Brad cracks, “If they do, I’d ask them for a buck more an hour.” In 2016, the going rate for a babysitter who thwarts criminals is considerably more… 10 times more.
4. Nobody Leaves The Club without… Rapping?
In 1987, Chris and the kids escaped their pursuers through the backdoor of a club called The Silver Dollar Room, where they are forced to sing the “Babysitter Blues” before leaving. In 2016, Jenny and Lola aren’t permitted to leave the stage until squaring off in babysitter-themed rap battle. “If it’s your first time, you’ve got to rhyme!”
5. Jailer Swift Is the New Thor
Like 1987’s Sara—the imaginative 8-year-old with a passion for Marvel’s mighty superhero Thor—young AJ also has an affinity for helmet-clad warriors: the fearless females of roller derby! In particular, AJ worships a Sirens derby girl named Jailer Swift.
6. What’s in a Name?
While many names and places from the 1987 “Adventures in Babysitting” have been changed, eagle-eyed fans of the original may notice that the company responsible for towing the gang’s car in 2016 is also called Dawson’s. Sadly, Vincent D’Onofrio (aka “Thor”) is nowhere to be found. Note: The surnames “Parker” and “Anderson” are used for characters in both films.
7. “Don’t !@#$ with the Babysitter!”
Yes, someone does utter the iconic line… cleaned up for Disney Channel, of course.
But that’s not all! Check out all of the nostalgic nods to 1987 in the all-new Disney Channel Original Movie “Adventures in Babysitting,” available to watch early now with XFINITY On Demand. Click here to watch the movie now!