In the middle of Christina Applegate’s 11-year run as Kelly Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married With Children, she shot a film that would go down as an all-time favorite of teens and pre-teens everywhere. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead hit all the right notes for a generation of gay boys who hadn’t yet started “the grind” of a real job. There was a cool-sounding job (GAW, General Apparel West!), Julia Childs cooking lessons, that kick-ass home entertainment system, car-stealing drag queens … and a dead babysitter.
Now, as part of a series called “Working Girls: America’s Career Women On-Screen,” Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead will be shown on the big screen once more, followed by a Q&A with the film’s screenwriter, Neil Landau. The screening will take place on Monday, March 12, at L.A.’s Billy Wilder Theater.
This film screening series was spawned out of recent accounts of abuse, sexual misconduct and harassment towards women in the workplace. According to the series’ website, “In the pursuit of assessing how the nuanced, complicated experiences of women at work have been represented throughout the 20th century, the Archive presents 13 films, from the early 1930s to the late 1990s, that offer a survey of working women: their employment and its impact on their social life, their frustrations, their failures, and their triumphs.”
Among the other films being screened as part of the “Working Girls” film series are the Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver-starring Working Girl (Feb. 2), 9 to 5 (Feb. 10), Girl 6 (March 2), Office Killer (March 24) and more.
While those interested in most of the screenings must purchase tickets, admission to the screening of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead is free.