‘Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead’ Gets Modern Reboot Centered On Black Family

The beloved 90’s teen flick, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, has now been rebooted for 2024 with a melanated twist.

In a teaser for the reimagined BET+ Original Film, executive produced by Tyra Banks, a Black family follows the familiar logline where the mom takes a much-needed vacation and hires an elderly babysitter, who unfortunately dies on duty.

Left to tend to her younger siblings, the eldest sibling finds herself taking on the responsibilities of an adult way before her time.

According to the synopsis, “17-year-old Tanya Crandell (Simone Joy Jones) can’t wait to spend the summer living it up with her friends in Spain before heading to Howard University in the fall. But when her mom (Ms. Pat) decides to head to a much-needed wellness retreat in Thailand, Tanya is forced to stay home with her three siblings instead.”

It continues, “Following the unexpected death of their elderly babysitter (June Squibb), Tanya gets a job working for the confident and ambitious Rose (Nicole Richie). Juggling work, family, and a complicated romance, Tanya faces the responsibility of adulthood at the cost of her summer of freedom.”

The film, which hits theaters on April 12, is directed by Wade Allain-Marcus and also stars Donielle Tremaine HensleyJermaine Fowler, Miles Fowler, Iantha RichardsonGus Kenworthy, and Tyriq Withers.

“Centering this story around this family was a no-brainer,” Allain-Marcus stated to Entertainment Weekly. “‘Don’t Tell Mom’ has always been about becoming an adult before your time, and we know that’s true for all Black kids. Everyone involved in the film brought their A-game — come for the laughs, stay for the heart, the vibe and the music.”

Check out the trailer for Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead below.

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