Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
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Average Rating: 3.5/10
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Christina Applegate stars in this convoluted comedy that comes across as a teen fantasy combination of Home Alone and Working Girl. The premise is all in the title -- when the mother (Concetta Tomei) of a sniveling group of surly kids goes on a much-deserved summer vacation, she leaves her kids under the charge of an elderly distaff granny (Eda Reiss Merin). When granny ups and dies, the kids load her dead body in a trunk and deposit the package on the steps of the local funeral home. The kids
Jun 7, 1991 Wide
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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starts with an enjoyable, if crude, black comedy situation promised by the title, but then it turns into an incredibly dumb teenage girl's fantasy of making it in the business world.
This is a sassy little comedy of wit and intelligence from the director of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Miss Applegate is charming when the screenplay allows her to slow down. Working against her is the director, Stephen Herek, who pushes every gag so hard and fast that he seems to be keeping up with a laugh track only he can hear.
Blame the smash of Home Alone for the new herd of kids-on-the-loose movies. Let's hope none are dumber than this one.
Once the babysitter dies and her body is deposited anonymously on the steps of a funeral home, the movie is free to reveal its real purpose: This is a consumerist, escapist fantasy for teenage girls.
A fun experience for anyone who remembers fawning over Christina Applegate.
A picture with obvious flaws, but one that attempts to subvert the norm with a few curveball jokes here and there. It's not awful. It's not good either.
Predictable, but not wholly unlikable.
A would-be black comedy that turns white too early
Silly and pretty mindless, but still a worthwhile cable-time comedy.
The souls of these little monsters are much too black to be redeemed within the confines of an hour and a half film.
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