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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13  |   |  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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Chris Claridge ...
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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Keith Coogan originally auditioned for the role of Bryan before eventually being cast as Kenny Crandell. SOURCE: Buzzfeed News Article "How "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" Went From D.O.A. To Beloved Cult Classic" See more »

Goofs

Characters refer to Sue Ellen as being 17 years old. However, technically she is 16 as her birthday (as printed on her driver's license) is 19 December 1973. As the events take place during a 1990 Los Angeles school summer, it would not be December yet, making Sue Ellen 16. See more »

Quotes

Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: I feel so guilty, I should've been nicer.
Kenny Crandell: Yeah, she was a great baby sitter.
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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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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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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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