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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

 -  Comedy  -  7 June 1991 (USA)
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Five kids are left home when their mother leaves town on a three-month vacation to Australia, only to have their geriatric babysitter die of a heart attack, leading to the eldest teen, Sue Ellen, to scam her way into taking a job at a hip Los Angeles fashion company to feed and support her needy siblings.

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Rose Lindsey
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Gus
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Bryan
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Mom
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Bruce
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Mrs. Sturak
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Lizard
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Mole
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Storyline

Single mother goes away for the summer. The kids are first delighted but then find that Mom has hired the sitter from hell to stay with them. When the sitter dies of a sudden coronary they deposit the body at a mortuary only to discover all their summer expense money was in her purse. The kids must find a way to survive the summer without mom or her money. This means actual work! Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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No rules. No curfews. No baths. No nagging. No pulse. See more »

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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Real World  »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Trivia

Before Sue Ellen stomps out of Kenny's room, she yells, "When are you going to start helping me, you lazy little prick?" but director Stephen Herek decided he didn't want to take any chances of the movie receiving an R rating so he had the scene fixed for Sue Ellen to call Kenny a lazy little "punk" instead. See more »

Goofs

When Sue Ellen pours cereal for the kids she puts down five spoons in one bundle. In the next few shots the spoons are in various positions on the table. See more »

Quotes

Zach Crandell: We told you to talk to her. We didn't want you to send her to the glue factory.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: I didn't kill her, Zach. She died in her sleep.
Melissa Crandell: Probably choked on her whistle.
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Crazy Credits

The two groundskeepers for the cemetery stand over the Babysitters grave and comment how nice it was for her to leave them the money. The tombstone reads "Nice Old Lady inside who died of natural causes". See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Worst of '91 (1992) See more »

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Viva La Vogue
Performed by Army of Lovers
Courtesy of Giant Records/Sonet Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Alexander Bard (as Bard), Magnus Frykberg (as Frykberg) & Emil Hellman (as Hellman)
Published by Stainless Music
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What I have to say about my favorite movie ever..."Can't you call Lizard or Hellhound?"
12 November 2004 | by (Franklin Lakes, NJ) – See all my reviews

Being one of those people that isn't heavily into the whole cinema "thing," I have my classic favorites and I stick to them. But this one outshines them all. When asked 'what is your favorite movie?' at times I am hesitant to disclose DTMTBD as my number one. First, it must be clear that this is obviously not necessarily a "good" movie, in the eyes of the Academy or critics, but it's not supposed to be. That's the beauty of it, and that's why Christina Applegate is an actress!

There are so many quotes that I would like to add to my "comments," but as most of you have probably seen it, you don't likely need a commentary; so instead I'll just get back to the QED Report so Swell can have it to New York by this afternoon.

It's too bad she and young Brian are married now -- I used to watch the grunion run with him. We'll see.


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