A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Parents should spend more quality time with their kids and kids shouldn't act out to get attention. There are consequences for your actions.
Positive Role Models
Janelle is the babysitter who always sees the good in Danny, even when he's behaving at his worst. Danny's parents love him very much, even when it seems as if they don't. Danny acts out to get attention, but learns the error of his ways.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of slapstick pratfalls in this one. A bully gets hit in the head with a baseball. To scare off a babysitter, Danny pretends that his hand is cut off. He shoots hot sauce at another babysitter who is "crazy glued" to a kitchen counter.
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While choosing sides for a baseball game, a bully goes from one child to the next, calling them names like "mouthbreather," "special ed," "pipsqueak," and "porker." He also calls the players "sucky." Early in the film, the Janelle the babysitter tells Danny, "You almost scared the poop out of me." A later babysitter says, "snot-nosed little turd."
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Products & Purchases
During a video chat, Danny's best friend Marco tells Danny that he is playing Wii Sports and is shown waving the controller around. Marco later invites Danny to play "Legend of Zelda."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this slapstick kid comedy about a well-behaved boy trying to get his parents' attention is very silly, but still fun. Some parents may find it too silly, and some of the mischievous ideas shown in the film may not be the best seeds planted in impressionable young class clowns. There is also some bullying and name calling, like "porker" and "pipsqueak." Nonetheless, it's a mildly entertaining low-budget film that could inspire lively debate between parents and kids about priorities, right and wrong, and consequences for your actions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As a low-budget slapstick comedy primarily aimed at kids with mischievous tendencies, you could do a whole lot worse than BABYSITTERS BEWARE (aka "The No Sit List"). While the antics will surely keep kids in the 8-10 range entertained, its message about the challenges adults face when they have too much work to do and not enough time to spend with their kids is relevant and timely.
It's fun, it's very silly, and the cameo from Danny Trejo alone makes this better than some kids' movies. There is some bullying, but the bully is more like a mocking parody of bullies (think Nelson from The Simpsons) than anything scary or threatening.
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