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By CATHY BURKE, United Press International

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING -- Elisabeth Shue plays a delightfully fresh and plucky babysitter from the suburbs in a series of misadventures in some rough Chicago neighborhoods in this film directed by Chris Columbus. If the action ever stopped long enough -- which it doesn't -- audiences might wonder just how all these mishaps could ever take place in one evening to a virginal 17-year-old babysitter, her 10-year-old charge and a pair of pimply, horny 15-year-olds who tag along for the ride.

But who cares? The direction is fast-paced, the characters are vulnerable and sympathetic and even the bad guys have their moments. A kind of innocent combination of 'Risky Business' and 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Adventures in Babysitting' proves the premise most teenage females already know -- that babysitting is hell - and has a lot of fun doing so. Also starring Keith Coogan and Anthony Rapp. Rated PG-13.

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