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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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Cathy
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Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Mrs. Sturak
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Chris Claridge ...
Lizard
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Mole
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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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Comedy

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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

On Sue Ellen's desk at work, two pictures of the kids can be seen, one of Melissa. This picture of Melissa was also used in production with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Sue Ellen shoots Gus with the water gun, the squirt on his pants changes size between the close up and the long shot. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Crandell: [to Sue Ellen about their mom] Stay away from her, she's in one of her Terminator moods.
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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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References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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Gimme Some Money
Performed by Spinal Tap
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Group Distribution Inc.
Written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner
Used by Permission of Intertrax Music Inc.
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Better than the 5/10 rating it has here.
7 December 2004 | by (Mountain Top, PA) – See all my reviews

Just saw it again; the cast carries a silly plot, in much the same way as a '40s screwball comedy but with an 80s/90s sensibility and awareness. Applegate and Coogan are really outstanding here, and the supporting cast is smart enough to either support or stay out of the way, as necessary. It's pure humor with no big message, which apparently was a virtue 60 years ago but is unforgivable now. I'd best describe the humor as, "Hilarity ensues as fish out of water learn to breathe air."

I'd give it a very solid 6.8 out of 10, worth a rental or a Netflix hit, but not a $20 purchase.

Tom


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