Söldner – Gesetzlos und gefürchtet (2011)

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Söldner – Gesetzlos und gefürchtet: Directed by Paris Leonti. With Robert Fucilla, Kirsty Mitchell, Robert James-Collier, Danny Sapani. Andy Marlow, an ex British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary, is sent into the Balkans after a military coup has arisen to rescue a U.S ambassador and his aide.

“u0026quot;Adventures in Babysittingu0026quot; is an underrated gem featuring a very strong young cast. The movie opens with Chris Parker (played by Elizabeth Shue in a very early starring role) first finding out that her boyfriend canu0026#39;t make their big date that night. So she agrees to babysit Sara and Brad Anderson, played by Maia Brewton and Keith Coogan (both of whom have dropped off the face of the earth, apparently, in the last 10 or 15 years). Sarau0026#39;s kind of a brat, and Brad has a crush on Chris. Bradu0026#39;s best friend Daryl (played by Anthony Rapp, who went on to appear in u0026quot;Dazed and Confusedu0026quot; and u0026quot;Road Tripu0026quot;), who is an annoying wise-ass, also drops by. Things go okay until Chris gets a call from her best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller), who says that she ran away from home, and is now stuck at a bus station in the city with no money and no way home, and of course she canu0026#39;t call her parents. This prompts Chris to take the kids (including Daryl) on a little trip, and of course, hilarious hijinks ensue.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThey have a tire blow-out, and are helped by a mechanic with a hook for a hand. Their car is then stolen, and they go to try to get it back. Theyu0026#39;re caught by the mobsters running the car ring, and have to escape (which they achieve by walking along a very thin metal beam overhead). But the mobsters catch them trying to leave, forcing them on the run and leading to one of the funniest scenes in the movie: going through a blues club, the singer stops them, saying u0026quot;Ainu0026#39;t nobody leaves here without singing the blues.u0026quot; So they do, Chris leading, singing a song about their predicament. Itu0026#39;s both cute and hilarious, with the others joining in singing back-up (u0026quot;And we should be in bed!u0026quot;).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe rest of the movie is about them being chased through the city by these mobsters, and of course, thereu0026#39;s one funny bit after another, with some suspenseful bits thrown in for good measure. This is all hilarious, but the best scenes are the ones interspersed throughout with Brenda trying to get along at the bus station. Penelope Ann Miller truly steals the show; scared out of her skull, she has to contend with such problems as a bum yelling at her to get out of his u0026quot;houseu0026quot; (a phone booth); getting her glasses stolen by a bag lady (the look on the bag ladyu0026#39;s face when she puts them on and realizes she can see is priceless); a hot dog vendor who wonu0026#39;t help her out (u0026quot;Then I donu0026#39;t have a wiener!u0026quot; he says when she says she doesnu0026#39;t have any cash); and a jumbo-sized sewer rat she tries to rescue, thinking itu0026#39;s a cute little kitty cat (because she canu0026#39;t see). This is probably the best part Penelope Ann Miller has ever had, and she demonstrates a surprising talent for screwball comedy.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLike I said, the rest of the young cast is great; Shue pretty much began her career here, and Coogan, Rapp, and Brewton (who was also very funny on the also underrated TV show u0026quot;Parker Lewis Canu0026#39;t Loseu0026quot;, which Iu0026#39;m dying to see come out on DVD) put in funny, though clichéd, parts. u0026quot;Adventures in Babysittingu0026quot; is one of those movies that just sounded kind of dumb based on the title (like u0026quot;Buffy the Vampire Slayeru0026quot;), but if you havenu0026#39;t seen it, give it a try anyway; the brilliant gags and the strong acting made it work.”


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