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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
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Mrs. Sturak
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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 baths. 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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Production was nearly halted towards the end of shooting due to Christopher Pettiet's drug addiction, which was just starting to get out of control. The producers wound up cutting a few of his scenes to keep the film on schedule. See more »

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When Walter breaks his leg, Sue Ellen arrives at the hospital and he has already been treated. When she arrives she tells them that she is his mother. No paperwork whatsoever was involved. You cannot treat a child without a parent. When she arrived, he was ready to go. See more »

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Walter Crandell: She doesn't look dead.
Zach Crandell: That's because it just happened. So you can't really tell, like on that show MacGyver.
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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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(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Produced by Bruce Nazarian
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Published by Barton Music Corp.
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A fun and vibrant film.
25 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was growing up, I loved it then and I still love it.

Despite the fact it's obviously predictable, it's a fun film that's well acted and directed and has a great soundtrack.

Christina Applegate is quite impressive as Sue-Ellen, as is the rest of the cast.

Most of the characters are quite black and white with the obvious "baddies" getting their comeuppance towards the end of the film. Predictable films howeverm, aren't always bad. Especially if they are well acted and the characters are interesting. The only character that was meant to be nice that I found utterly annoying, was Josh Charles as Sue-Ellen's sugary sweet suitor, Bryan. His acting was great don't get me wrong, but I think it's safe to say Bryan wouldn't be MY type!

If anything else, this fun film is easy to watch and will remind most people in their mid 20's of their adolescents.


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