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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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Bryan
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Mom
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Bruce
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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 nagging. No pulse. See more »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Trivia

On Sue Ellen's desk at work, two pictures of the kids can be seen, one of Melissa. This picture of Melissa was also used in production with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Kenny arrives home with a marijuana plant in a bag, which he puts on his window. The plant falls down and we hear a ceramic pot breaking, yet when Kenny was putting the plant down, we could clearly see the pot was plastic, not ceramic. See more »

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Rose Lindsey: Don't feel overwhelmed, just do one thing at a time.
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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Worst of '91 (1992) See more »

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Viva La Vogue
Performed by Army of Lovers
Courtesy of Giant Records/Sonet Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Alexander Bard (as Bard), Magnus Frykberg (as Frykberg) & Emil Hellman (as Hellman)
Published by Stainless Music
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Fun from the word GO!
14 July 2012 | by (Tasmania, Australia) – See all my reviews

How could you NOT like this movie! I am watching it right now, and it has inspired me to write a review, and hopefully give it more recognition and more importantly, a higher rating!!!! Kids home alone with no parents, free to do whatever, but also trying to maintain living! Each character has their own stereotype- Walter the youngest: a handful, Melissa: the disobedient tomboy, Kenny: the headbanging rocker drop-out, Zachary: the calm, but sneaky love struck teen and Sue-Ellen: the responsible, yet hip mother of her siblings. This movie is full of much excitement and a great plot. You cannot go past this underrated classic!


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