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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.
Don't tell the studio, but its movie's dead. And as we used to say as kids -- rest in pieces.
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.
Surprisingly entertaining and fun.
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.
All time favourite I have watched many, many times over the years and never tire of.
Yes, it's far fetched, but it's funny and quite sweet.
I love the clothes too and the make up. I also worked in an office around this era and I could only dream of being as glamorous as Christina! (Yuck to the smoking though).
Some good characters you can love to hate and some relatable situations among the far fetched stuff.
Once again I'm hit by a wave of nostalgia. I will admit that I'm inflating the grade here, and giving it more props than maybe it's worth, but I can't help it. This film may be typical and predicatble, but I dig it.
The story concerns a bunch of wild siblings who, after their mom leaves for an extended overseas trip, are put into the care of a mean and strict babysitter. However, the hell they face with her is nothing compared to the hell they have to endure after she passes away unexpectedly, forcing the kids to grow up and become mature responsible people, which is even more of a drag since it means not spending their summer having all they fun they had planned on.
This is an unrealistic fantasy, but it's charming and really funny. Plus, I' sure plenty of parents would love to come home someday to see their wild, heavy metal stoner son all cleaned up, straight, and wearing nice clothes like a real gnetleman. The cool thing about this movie though, is that once the characters make changes, you do feel like maybe they really mean it (at least for some of them), and they didn't change totally out of necessity to fit a temporary situation.
This film is a bit of a mess, implausible, and dated to a degree, but it's fun, so there.
ive probably seen this. whether i have or havent, its nothing special.
Been a while. First movie I ever saw that had boobs in it (they were on the kids poster on the wall)
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