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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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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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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Real World  »

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$25,196,249 (USA)
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Filmed during the summer of 1990. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1990. At the office where Sue Ellen works, a calendar on the wall reads June, but the days don't correspond to actual dates in June 1990. See more »

Quotes

Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Go get that tape measure thing out of the garage.
Kenny Crandell: Will you stop ordering us around? You're not the babysitter.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: That's right, Kenny. The babysitter is dead. So just do it!
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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 The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Runnin' on Luck Again
Performed by Valentine
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Adam Holland, Gerard Zappa, Hugo Valenti, Craig Pullman and Neil Galluccio
Published by Snatch Magic Music
(Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.)
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A fun and vibrant film.
25 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was growing up, I loved it then and I still love it.

Despite the fact it's obviously predictable, it's a fun film that's well acted and directed and has a great soundtrack.

Christina Applegate is quite impressive as Sue-Ellen, as is the rest of the cast.

Most of the characters are quite black and white with the obvious "baddies" getting their comeuppance towards the end of the film. Predictable films howeverm, aren't always bad. Especially if they are well acted and the characters are interesting. The only character that was meant to be nice that I found utterly annoying, was Josh Charles as Sue-Ellen's sugary sweet suitor, Bryan. His acting was great don't get me wrong, but I think it's safe to say Bryan wouldn't be MY type!

If anything else, this fun film is easy to watch and will remind most people in their mid 20's of their adolescents.


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