"Adventures in Babysitting" (also known as A Night on the Town in certain countries) is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford, and brief cameos by blues singer/guitarist Albert Collins and singer-songwriter Southside Johnny Lyon. Although it is set in Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois, with much of the action taking place in the city itself, the film was shot primarily in Toronto.


  • Elisabeth Shue as Chris Parker
  • Maia Brewton as Sara Anderson
  • Keith Coogan as Brad Anderson
  • Anthony Rapp as Daryl Coopersmith
  • Penelope Ann Miller as Brenda
  • Bradley Whitford as Mike Todwell
  • Calvin Levels as Joe Gipp
  • Vincent D'Onofrio as Dawson
  • George Newbern as Dan Lynch, a college student
  • John Ford Noonan as "Handsome" John Pruitt
  • John Davis Chandler as Bleak
  • Ron Canada as Graydon, Bleak's second in command
  • Albert Collins as himself; a player in a Chicago Blues club
  • Southside Johnny Lyon as Band Leader at Frat Party
  • Lolita Davidovich as Sue Ann
  • Clark Johnson as Black Gang Leader

Unsold pilot

The film was adapted into an unsold TV pilot of the same name for CBS in 1989. It starred Jennifer Guthrie (who would later co-star on Parker Lewis Can't Lose with Maia Brewton) as Chris, Joey Lawrence as Brad, Courtney Peldon as Sara, Brian Austin Green as Daryl, and Ariana Mohit as Brenda. It wasn't picked up as a series.


A remake was reportedly planned for release in 2012. Raven-Symoné was going to star in the remake, currently titled Further Adventures in Babysitting, but decided to withdraw due to other projects. Miley Cyrus was also rumored to be attached to the project, but later denied involvement.

According to Variety, Tiffany Paulsen was writing the script. It was presumed that the remake was scrapped due to years of inactivity. However, on January 9, 2015, Disney Channel announced that the remake would go forward, with Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson starring as competing babysitters.