Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

USA, 1991.  Home Box Office, Cinema Plus, Mercury/Douglas Films, Outlaw Productions.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Jeffrey Silver.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Graceless comedy stars , who along with her siblings is left in the hands of an aged babysitter while her parents go away on vacation for three months. When their sitter dies shortly after their parents leave, Applegate is forced to find ways to make sure the household stays in order, from disciplining her brothers to getting herself a top line job. In the process she goes from aimless teenager to business woman with a cause, though none of it is very enjoyable for the audience thanks to the film’s lack of actual humour. Stephen Herek’s direction mainly indulges in lame sight gags and unbelievable, cliched situations that suit early eighties comedies more than anything else, making for the kind of movie that is only really appropriate for young people who are watching it in the middle of a loud party.

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