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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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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 ...
Mrs. Sturak
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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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Production nearly stopped towards the end of shooting due to Christopher Pettiet's drug addiction, which was starting to get out of control. The producers cut a few of his scenes to keep the film on schedule. See more »

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When Melissa bats during Little League practice, it makes the sound of a wooden bat but is using a metal one. See more »

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Kenny Crandell: What are we going to do for cash for the next two months?
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: What about a garage sale?
Kenny Crandell: We live in the boonies.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: What about calling Dad?
Kenny Crandell: Dad doesn't care.
Zach Crandell: What about blackmailing Dad?
Melissa Crandell: What about donating blood? Don't they pay you for that?
Kenny Crandell: You have to be over 18.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Well, there goes our great summer.
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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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Features The New Hollywood Squares (1986) See more »

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Life's Rich Tapestry
Performed by Modern English
Courtesy of TVT Records
Written by Modern English
Published by American Momentum Music Ltd.
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Better than the 5/10 rating it has here.
7 December 2004 | by (Mountain Top, PA) – See all my reviews

Just saw it again; the cast carries a silly plot, in much the same way as a '40s screwball comedy but with an 80s/90s sensibility and awareness. Applegate and Coogan are really outstanding here, and the supporting cast is smart enough to either support or stay out of the way, as necessary. It's pure humor with no big message, which apparently was a virtue 60 years ago but is unforgivable now. I'd best describe the humor as, "Hilarity ensues as fish out of water learn to breathe air."

I'd give it a very solid 6.8 out of 10, worth a rental or a Netflix hit, but not a $20 purchase.

Tom


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