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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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Bryan
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Mom
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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 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

When the movie was released on video, there was a contest where participants would answer a number of questions about the movie related to movie trivia as well as ratings of various actors' performances. The winner, whose answers matched up the best with an official set, would win the babysitter's car (the one stolen by the drag queens). See more »

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When Sue Ellen goes to send a fax, the fax machine only has a power cable connected. In fact you can see the empty phone jacks where a cable(s) should go. See more »

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Dr. Permutter: [about Kenny] Is he your son too?
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: No, he's my stepson.
Kenny Crandell: Yeah, that's why we don't always get along.
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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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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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Harmless entertainment
1 July 2005 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

You know... I've seen this a couple of times and I'd see it again. It made me laugh. It was charming. It was a harmless flick; no psyches were harmed in the making thereof. Granted, no real thought needs to be put into watching it. But it was fun, and I enjoyed it.

Christina Applegate especially impressed me, which is noteworthy as -- at the time -- I really disliked her as a result of really disliking "Married With Children." She was not only good in her role but, I have to say, pretty much won me over.

I can't say that the film made me wish I had siblings or a dead babysitter, but it did entertain me, and it made me smile to remember it watching this review, which has got to be worth something.


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