'The Sitter'

"Which one do you think is in charge?"

** (out of four)

With “The Sitter,” director David Gordon Green (“Your Highness”) has delivered his second mediocre comedy of 2011, this time without the use of a Minotaur penis.

As R-rated bad taste once again stands in for cleverness, pre-weight loss Jonah Hill stars as a smug, lazy jerk who ping-pongs between being a nice, confident guy and the kind of idiotic doormat who would endanger three children to buy cocaine for his almost-girlfriend (Ari Graynor, overdue for better jobs).

Essentially redoing 1987’s more likable “Adventures in Babysitting” while adding gay stereotypes and a scene of a kid urinating on a bat mitzvah dance floor, first-time feature writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka get a few laughs from the awkward, mumbly routine Hill does better as a sidekick, not a star. A few isn't enough; “The Sitter” only runs about 75 minutes, but few would complain if it ended sooner.

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