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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

In one of the earlier script drafts the babysitter's death was supposed to be a more elaborate storyline: the Crandell children were all suspects, and they all had their reasons to kill her. Although certain scenes were scaled down, elements of their motives remain in the final cut of the film: Walter having to do a book report, Melissa forced to wear a dress, Zack losing Cynthia. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1990. At the office where Sue Ellen works, a calendar on the wall reads June, though the days' correspondences to the dates don't match the actual ones in June 1990. See more »

Quotes

Mole: Park it yourself, Metallica breath!
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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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I Only Have Eyes for You
Performed by Timothy B. Schmit
Produced by John Boylan & Timothy B. Schmit
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Published by Warner Bros. 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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