Weekend with the Babysitter (1970)
Country: USA | Director: Don Henderson
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 92mn
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Square middle-aged movie director Jim Carlton (nicely played by George E. Carey, who also produced the picture and co-wrote the story) befriends sweet, but foxy and enticing teenage babysitter Candy Wilson (a winningly warm and sincere performance by gorgeously voluptuous brunette stunner Susan Romen). Candy shows Jim the real swinging 70’s youth scene and eventually has a steamy May-December fling with him. Meanwhile, Jim’s pathetic shrewish junkie wife Mona (a perfectly bitchy Luanne Roberts) runs afoul of slimy drug dealer Rich Harris (a pleasingly nasty portrayal by James Almanzar).
Director Tom Laughlin, working from a pretty thoughtful and sensitive, yet still quite trashy and melodramatic script by James E. McLarty (who has a small part as friendly dock worker Smitty), admirably doesn’t wallow in the sleaze to the ninth degree; instead Laughlin offers a tasty, vivid and refreshingly nonjudgmental evocation of the happening early 70’s youth culture (the sequence where several affable hippies teach Jim the proper way to toke on a joint is a real hoot!).
Yes, this film does deliver a generous sprinkling of yummy female nudity and a few fairly hot soft-core sex scenes, but overall it’s not the all-out crassly lurid piece of pandering sleaze that its premise suggests it might be. The hippie characters are shown in a positive light while Jim is drawn as a basically decent and well-meaning guy. Carey and Romen are both fine in the lead roles; they receive sturdy support from Annik Borel as Harris’ kinky bisexual girlfriend Doris, Anthony Victor as browbeaten, sympathetic flunky Sancho, Bob Bernard as amiable longhair A.K., and Gloria Hill as fetching, flighty hippie chick Mary Mary. Both Jack Steely’s sharp cinematography and Robert O. Ragland’s groovy-jammin’ score are up to par. A cool little flick.