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Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (1991) 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… PG-13 PT102M Comedy Romance Christina Applegate Stephen Herek Keith Coogan David Duchovny Danielle Harris
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Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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EW's GRADE
D+

Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 102 minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Christina Applegate and Stephen Herek

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+

Originally posted Jul 12, 1991 Published in issue #74 Jul 12, 1991 Order article reprints