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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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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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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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John Landis was the first choice to direct this film. But he turned it down as the story didn't interest him. John Hughes was also asked to direct, but he turned it down because he only directed scripts that he wrote himself. Hughes was also trying to distance himself away from working on teen movies. Joe Dante, Richard Donner, and Joel Schumacher also turned it down as well. See more »

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Sue Ellen comes home from work and puts her purse on the kitchen island. In the next scene at the office, the secretary goes through Sue Ellen's things, finds her driver's license in her purse, and discovers that Sue Ellen is 17. 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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) See more »

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Bitter
Performed by Charlie Terrell (as Terrell)
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Charlie Terrell (as Terrell)
Published by Go Dog Go 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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