Director David Gordon Green’s “The Sitter” demonstrates two Hollywood conventions at the same time. One is that some comic actors who appear in comedies get bigger and bigger parts until they get a shot at starring. Just about every one of Adam Sandler’s sidemen has been given his own movie. Think of all the “Saturday Night Live” alums who got exposure in Mike Myers or Will Ferrell movies and went on to leading roles, albeit usually just for one movie.
Here the actor promoted is Jonah Hill, who came up with the Judd Apatow crowd, co-starred in “Superbad,” and then backed up Russell Brand in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.”
Hill plays Noah Griffith, a slacker without illusions but with a good-heart. The “without illusions” part is new. Usually movie characters that are unattractive and unsuccessful are either blue or irrationally confident. And I think that’s the only new thing in the screenplay.