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

PG-13 | | 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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Mom
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Bruce
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Lizard
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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 nagging. No pulse. See more »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Keith Coogan was told he was too old for the part of 15 year-old Kenny. He was 20. So he came back to the audition in "stoner apparel" and a wig to convince casting directors and got the part. See more »

Goofs

When Brian and Sue Ellen are sitting on the Beach waiting for the grunion Run Brian states that the Grunion Fish males and females do not mate at the same time. In actuality the female grunion buries her eggs and waits for the male to wrap around her and release his seed before abandoning the eggs. See more »

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Rose Lindsey: Where is Carolyn?
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Mouse brown hair, gives you a headache? Talks like she's chewing her face?
Rose Lindsey: That's her.
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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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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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