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

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 June 1991 (USA)
Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

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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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Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Mrs. Sturak
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Gus
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Chris Claridge ...
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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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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David Ducovny from the X Files is one of the villains here. See more »

Goofs

Sue Ellen's alarm clock goes off at 5:30am. When the scene goes wide, there is broad daylight with no sign of "morning pink" coming through the windows. Bright sun rays on various items in the bedroom indicate that the sun is considerably above the horizon. In Los Angeles, the sun never rises earlier than 5:40 am.At most, the sun would be just breaking the horizon. See more »

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Bryan: I'd respect your privacy more if you weren't so secretive.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Well I'd tell you more if you didn't want to know so much.
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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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Woodchipper Massacre (2008) 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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Really stupid but I LOVED it!
1 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK the premise is dumb--A mom is going on vacation to Australia for two months. She has five children and leaves them with a tyrannical babysitter. The babysitter dies (of natural causes) within the first 15 minutes and the kids basically have to live alone all summer...but need money for food. The oldest one is 17 year old Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate)and she easily gets an executive position (just like real life, right?) at a fashion agency and, naturally, is incredible at her job. And her brothers and sisters learn values from her example...

Sounds horrible, but it's well-acted (especially Applegate and a drop dead gorgeous Joanna Cassidy), it moves quickly, is very funny, has a great soundtrack of new AND old songs and I enjoyed every minute of it! Not a great movie by any means, but if you can turn off your brain for 2 hours, you'll really enjoy it!


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