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10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Adventures In Babysitting' That'll Make You Love It More

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If you need a good teen adventure movie, the 80s are really the only decade you need to go to. There are a lot of classics that you can go to like The Breakfast Club, or The Goonies, but you know what, there are even more less popular movies that are just as amazing.

The Adventures in Babysitting is an amazing movie that everyone should absolutely see. If you are one of the unlucky people who have never heard of it, here is a basic run down of the plot.

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Elisabeth Shue plays Chris, who agrees to babysit some kids because her date gets cancelled, but then her best friend calls the house and says she needs help. Her friend is stranded at the bus station in downtown Chicago so Chris has to go get her with the kids. They end up getting into all kids of crazy situations that is definitely not what parents want their babysitter to be doing.

This movie is one of those classics that you should absolutely revisit even if you've seen it before. To make the experience even more enticing, here are 10 things you didn't know about the movie that make it even more awesome.

1. This movie was the directorial debut of Chris Columbus

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That's right, the director of so many of your favorite movies including, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and even the first two Harry Potter movies, got his first directing credit thanks to this movie. He was already known for writing The Goonies and Gremlins, but The Adventures in Babysitting launched his career to new heights.

2. Elizabeth Shue had to fight for the role against some A-list stars

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Valerie Bertinelli were all in consideration for this role. Eventually it came down to Shue and Bertinelli, but the producers decided that Bertinelli came off "mean and angry".

3. They shot the movie in Toronto but had some problems with cleanliness

The biggest problem was that it was TOO clean. Ever heard of that happening? Well they needed it to look like Chicago but apparently the Toronto city workers kept cleaning up garbage that they had planned to use as backgrounds. This forced the set designers to go dumpster diving to get some more trash for the alleys.

4. The car Bradley Whitford drives in the movie was actually his

The license plate and everything was actually his own. He literally drove around in a Camaro with the license plate SO COOL on it... on purpose. Seriously.

5. The little girl who was obsessed with Thor was supposed to have a different obsession

Columbus decided to go with Thor because he was a bit more mainstream in the comic world. In the original script, the character of Sara was obsessed with He-Man and She-Ra.

There are a lot more interesting facts about this classic 80s movie! Click to the next page to find out the original plan for the mechanic and how they had to break the law to make this movie.

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