The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

I have to be honest, “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” just didn’t do it for me. I liked the first one a lot and showed it to some of my friends afterwards, but the idea of a sequel never even occurred to me – I guess I was satisfied with the first movie just fine, and this sequel goes absolutely out of its way to prove how unnecessary it is. Remember when you first realized that “Home Alone 2” is basically just a remake of the original only with increased production value? That’s kind of what happens here: The setup is similar to the first one only blown up to bigger proportions, which has the unfortunate result is making the whole thing pretty obnoxious instead of funny (unlike “Home Alone 2,” which succeeds are recapturing the magic as much as this one fails). Judah Lewis is by far the best part, just as industrious and charismatic as he was in the first, but the other returning actors are given short shrift by the underwhelming, unimaginative screenplay: They’re all there as call-outs to the original movie like a greatest hits compilation, and it’s lazy and frustrating because they’re all terrific performers but utterly wasted by a total lack of imagination on the part of the filmmakers. Ultimately it’s not that it’s a bad movie per se, it’s just a totally forced, tiresome one that takes itself way too seriously despite having such a threadbare premise.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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