Owen Gleiberman
July 12, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
102 minutes
performer
Christina Applegate, Stephen Herek, Keith Coogan, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris
director
Stephen Herek
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a D+

Christina Applegate stars in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, the witless executive-pretender comedy about a teenybopper who has to provide for her siblings when Mom goes on a long vacation and the crotchety old baby-sitter dies. She cons her way into the job of executive assistant of a clothing company and ends up saving the company. On Married With Children, the baby-faced Applegate has a slutty spark. Here, the role is too straight, and she’s blah — an apple pie that’s neither sweet nor tart enough. As Applegate’s iron-lady boss, Joanna Cassidy invests her office jargon with a beamy-eyed fervor that makes every line sound like foreplay. D+

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