Been way too long since I covered a single movie and as I'd seen that the tenth anniversary of the limited theatrical release of this arguable modern classic (and personal favourite) was coming up today, I figured it'd be a perfect film to do a deep dive into.
For anyone unfamiliar and before I get into spoiler territory, I'll jump right ahead and give this my highest recommendation (implicit in the preceding paragraph, of course), with one note of caution. That is, a phrase which is almost invariably and rightly used in relation to this movie is "slow burn". If you've no problem with films which take their time, are deliberately paced and allow you (in the director's words, which I'm paraphrasing) to wallow in the more mundane aspects of the movie's world, hanging out with the characters and getting to know them, then you'll most likely dig this. If not, you might lose patience with it.
This'll be less a review and more a love letter, so to speak but again, for the benefit of anyone who hasn't seen it, here's the setup. College student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) needs money so she can move out of her shared dorm room and into an apartment. She accepts a babysitting job to pay for it but everything about the gig screams "this is weird as fuck, don't do it, don't do it, DON'T DO IT!!!". A sentiment loudly echoed by her best friend, Megan (Greta Gerwig). Despite all this, of course she does it anyway.
And that's all you need to know. Plus the title (and some pre-credits text situating things in the midst of the 1980s satanic panic) really puts the proverbial cards on the table. So yeah, if all that sounds appealing, go watch it and come back and read the rest later. SPOILERS FROM HERE ON IN!