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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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Bruce
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Cathy
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Mrs. Sturak
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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 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

Filmed during the summer of 1990. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the summer of 1990, but the Q.E.D. report on Sue Ellen's computer screen lists March 22 1989 as the day's date. Its confirmed it is meant to be 1990 by the posters in the Clown Dog advertising a circus for Friday the 20th of April (a date which falls in 1990, not 1989) See more »

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Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: One of us has to get a job.
Kenny Crandell: Well I'm not gonna.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Well we don't have a choice. We'll flip for it
[takes out a fozen pizza]
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Mama Celeste face up, I go to work, Mama Celeste face down, we're selling carnations on a freeway off ramp.
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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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References Gidget (1959) 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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Much better than is to be expected
1 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie, I found it very entertaining and would recommend it.

I'm often surprised at the points people get hung up on in reviewing movies. They are, after all, FICTION. The main "controversy" surrounding this plot seems to be Sue Ellen's job. I have done office work for over 25 years and yes, it is entirely possible that Sue Ellen could have landed that position without too much trouble. Maybe not inside of five minutes at the first firm she walked into, but using a faked resume, as she was, she could have obtained a pretty soft office job without too much trouble. Some firms I've worked for would verify your more recent work experience, but many others never verify anything on a resume, and I've never once in all my years known of anyone to verify the education one claimed to have. Indeed, I've often kicked myself that I could have claimed to have some precious, worthless high dollar degree and no one would have questioned it.

Beyond this, the movie is awfully good for this genre of film. We see the children unexpectedly learning valuable life lessons and it changing them into better people. It's really a rather wholesome movie considering the time period and target audience. I've let my nephews, nieces, and grandchildren watch in my home, there is nothing more objectionable than the very occasional swear word in it.

One of my favorite movies from an otherwise dry period in Hollywood, highly recommended.


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