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What 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.
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What's the story?
Danny (Trenton Rogers) is a good kid, but his parents always leave in the evenings for client dinners for his dad's work. Danny wishes his dad was home more so they can play catch with a baseball. Instead, Danny is stuck with babysitters. When his favorite babysitter, Janelle (Britanny Finamore), takes time off to study for her SATs, Danny learns from kids at school (including Marco, played by Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez) about the "No Sit List," and hopes that if he can outwit the babysitters his parents get for him, he'll be on this list and his parents will have to stay home instead of going out each weeknight. Danny undergoes a transformation from "good kid" to a mischievous troublemaker, and hilarity ensues.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about consequences. How does this film show not just the mischievous behavior of Danny, but what results from behaving this way? What kind of consequences have you experiences due to poor choices?
Who's side is this movie on? What are its messages about family priorities? Does anything about the movie feel familiar to you? Do you ever wish your parents were around more?
Kids: What would happen in your house if you or your sibling acted out with a babysitter?
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