Parents' Guide to

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen steps up to care for siblings; language, drugs.

Movie PG-13 1991 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Great movie

age 10+

This was one of my favorite growing up

To me it was a classic I remember what I was doing when it was released it certainly was a part of my childhood funny and a great story line

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

This is a routine, low-level comedy -- a teen-centric version of Home Alone crossed with The Secret of My Success. This time Christina Applegate's character gets to show that teens are far more ingenious and responsible than they're usually given credit for as she not only fills a grown-up job responsibly, but also saves her boss's failing company using her creativity and smarts. Teens who feel underappreciated may applaud Sue Ellen's heroic triumph, even as she faces punishment from her angry mom. Kids may take cues from Sue Ellen's diligence and accomplishment, but her embezzlement also sets an example, just a less admirable one.

Jokes and predicaments are predictable and recycled. You almost expect a laugh track to verify the movie's inspiration: TV sitcoms. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead wasn't a huge hit when it came out (voted "one of the year's worst movies" by a popular critic of the time), but it has become something of a "cult classic," and plans were announced for a remake featuring a Black family.

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