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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
Eda Reiss Merin ...
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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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Trivia

When the movie was released on video, there was a contest where participants would answer a number of questions about the movie related to movie trivia as well as ratings of various actors' performances. The winner, whose answers matched up the best with an official set, would win the babysitter's car (the one stolen by the drag queens). See more »

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Several times in this movie the children refer to themselves being on summer vacation. However, based on several points of the movie showing dates, it cannot be summer: the computer reads March 22, 1989 at the office; also the tickets Sue Ellen receives as a gift read April 1st, 1990. 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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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 Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Perfect World
Performed by Alias
Produced by Rick Neigher, Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi
Courtesy of Capitol Records-EMI of Canada
Written by Glen Burtnick (as Glen Burtnik) and Steven M. Krikorian
Published by Hampstead Heath Music
(Administered by WB Music Corp.) and Polygram International Publishing Inc./N.Y.M.
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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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