Chosen One of the Day: Thor-adoring Sara from Adventures in Babysitting

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May 2, 2017

There’s two types of people in this world: Those who recognize Adventures in Babysitting as an under-appreciated '80s classic, and those whose opinions don’t matter. In the Disney-fied version of a John Hughes film, Chris Parker ( Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting after her boyfriend last-minute cancels a fancy date. Her best friend Brenda ends up running away from home, a move she instantly regrets, and she calls Chris to rescue her from a downtown Chicago train station. Of course, everything that can go wrong does, and hilarity ensues.

While Shue was technically the lead in Adventures in Babysitting, the real star of the movie was Sara (Maia Brewton), the babysittee. Sara was basically a female Kevin McCallister, and why there was never a Babysitting/Home Alone crossover beats me. But it wasn’t Sara’s sheer joy in embarrassing her older brother, or the adrenaline rush she got from every dangerous -- and occasionally illegal -- situation Chris and crew found themselves in that makes her today’s Chosen One. Those help, but we all know Sara’s biggest claim to fame was being Thor’s number one fangirl, LONG before standing for Thor was as fashionable as it is today.

Sara ate, slept, and breathed Thor. Her room was essentially a shrine, and she rocked Thor’s classic winged helmet all day, e’ryday, because she rode hard for him. If you were to tell me that someone started a religion that prayed to the Asgardian daily, I would automatically assume it was Sara (which wouldn’t be a horrible sequel idea, tbh). Sara was a total fangirl, schooling Chris about Thor and Marvel, even though she mistakenly claimed they all lived in Chicago, as opposed to NYC. But I’ll allow it, because I doubt Sara's geographical awareness or knowledge was developed enough to know any better.

It’s not often you see a female character like Sara. She was decades ahead of her time. Sure, the eighties featured plenty of smartass adolescent girls, but how often were they comic book fans and reckless in the way adolescent male characters got to be?

I wonder how Sara would feel about the MCU today. Would she approve of Hemsworth’s Thor, or would her heart forever belong to young Vincent D’Onofrio and his acrylic blond locks?

Let's all take a moment to appreciate the hotness of young D'Onofrio, and those super high-waisted jeans.

Disney could easily answer all these questions by making one of those funny little Thor videos starring Sara. Just tossing it out there, guys.