The Crazysitter

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Children's, Comedy

Beverly D'Angelo brings some juice to this weak family comedy. The wealthy Van Arsdales can't keep a steady nanny because their two blond, bland, angelic-looking fraternal twins (Brady Bluhm and Rachel Duncan, who would look at home in VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) are incorrigible troublemakers. By chance the kids' hand-scrawled want ad for a fresh caretaker attracts...read more

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Beverly D'Angelo brings some juice to this weak family comedy.

The wealthy Van Arsdales can't keep a steady nanny because their two blond, bland, angelic-looking fraternal twins (Brady Bluhm and Rachel Duncan, who would look at home in VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) are incorrigible troublemakers. By chance the kids' hand-scrawled want ad for a fresh caretaker

attracts Edie (D'Angelo), a hard-drinking recent parolee. Impressed by her streetwise and libertine demeanor, the youngsters trick their clueless parents (Ed Begley Jr. and Carol Kane) into hiring Edie, who schemes to sell the brats on the underground adoption black market while the elder Van

Arsdales are abroad. The twins' mischief ruins one deal after another until exasperated Edie demands to know why the two terrors are so unruly. Get this: they only want good old-fashioned discipline, and after a few scenes of ordering them to clean up the house, the nanny and her charges are best

pals. There's still about 40 minutes of screen time left, so Edie has to rescue the tots from her final customer, lamely villainous Dr. Wiles (William Schilling), who inflicts new diseases and inexplicable tortures on children at the behest of offscreen Evil Businessmen. Even watching D'Angelo in

a thankless martial-arts brawl, one is impressed by her game spirit and energy. A competent actor can shine in a great part, but it takes a real trouper to persevere in thin, direct-to-video filler like this.

THE CRAZYSITTER was another of Roger Corman's attempts to hop the 1990s family-values bandwagon. A spokesman for Corman's fertile but oft-lowbrow production company, perceiving a booming-market for kiddie pics, pledged to crank out "the kind of movies Disney used to make but doesn't anymore."

Indeed, the latter's '70s string of banal, dud features cast such a pall over the Magic Kingdom that at one point Disney management seriously considered eliminating their film division altogether. In which case THE CRAZYSITTER falls right in line. (Profanity, substance abuse.)

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Beverly D'Angelo brings some juice to this weak family comedy. The wealthy Van Arsdales can't keep a steady nanny because their two blond, bland, angelic-looking fraternal twins (Brady Bluhm and Rachel Duncan, who would look at home in VILLAGE OF THE DAMN… (more)

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