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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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Cathy
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Carolyn
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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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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Real World  »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Trivia

Two pictures of kids are on Sue Ellen's desk at work. One picture is of Melissa. The same picture was used in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). See more »

Goofs

Numerous characters refer to Sue Ellen as a 17-year-old. The film is set during a 1990 Los Angeles school summer, and the birth date printed on her driver's license is December 19, 1973, so Sue Ellen is actually 16. See more »

Quotes

Rose Lindsey: Sue Ellen, have you ever had a 48 hour orgasm?
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: No, I've never been to Santa Barbara.
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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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Children of the Fire
Performed by Mike Reeves
Written by Todd Meagher and Brad Gillis
Published by Todd Meagher Music
(Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.) and Gilrock Ranch 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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