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Christina Applegate wasn't given much material to help her shine on Married
with Children. But finally somebody in Hollywood loved her and gave her the
opportunity to play Swell Crandell in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
This film is an absolutely joy. True summertime fun that the whole family
can enjoy. Sometimes it can be argued that the plot is a little trivial and
routine. But, that is where it's charm lies.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is like a longer television show, only constantly kept interesting. Excellent soundtrack too! The characters aren't completely annoying, the tacky fashion of the times is humorous, and the snappy writing along with the concise performances keeps things short and extra sweet. This film simply overflows with genuine sweetness.
8/10 or 3/4
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
It was the summer time and Sue Ellen Crandell's friends were going to Europe for a graduation party but she soon learns that her mother was going to Australia for two months so it looked like a whole summer of freedom for her and her siblings: Kenny, a lazy party animal. Zach, who's got a date at age 11. Melissa, a smart allec and Walter, the youngest. But to Sue Ellen's horror, Mom had hired a babysitter: Mrs. Stirack, who seemed nice but as soon as Mom left, she pulled out a whistle and began making harsh rules for the kids. They couldn't take it much longer so Sue Ellen went to go have a talk with Mrs. Stirack who didn't move. She didn't breathe either. She was dead! They couldn't call the cops because they'd ask too many questions and they couldn't call Mom because she'd come home, so they do the only sensible things to do in that situation: they load Mrs. Stirack's corpse in a trunk and leave it outside the mortuary. So for a while, it looked like a summer of freedom for the kids. Just one problem: money. One of them had to get a job and since Kenny refused, Sue Ellen got a job at the Clown Dog fast food restaurant where she scrubbed fat vats. She met the handsome delivery boy, Bryan and the two become friends. She also grows tired of this job and quits. She then buckles down and studies on getting big jobs and writing resumés. She practically copied a resumé right out of the book and applied at a fashion corporation for the new secretary. The one they had now was a bubble-head. Sue Ellen met the senior vice president, Rose Lindsay, who boosted Sue Ellen right up to her assistant!
Rose was such an easy-going boss and the work seemed like a piece of cake, especially when Sue Ellen had computer pro Cathy do the QED reports. So while Sue Ellen worked, the kids messed around at home. One night they go out to dinner in Mrs. Stirack's Buick and when they exit the restaurant, they find three drag queens stealing it! They acquire a ride home courtesy of Bryan! The job continued to go steady and Sue Ellen and Bryan go on a date and just hit it off! They bounce on bouncing balls at the toy store but were then told to get out. Sue Ellen soon discovers the petty cash box in her desk where she could borrow cash for necessities so she goes to the super market. The kids some how take it upon themselves to "borrow" from the cash box to buy such things as a home entertainment center! Sue Ellen was oblivious to this and would pay back what she took with her paycheck. She asked Kenny to help out a little around the house, like mow the lawn and do the dishes. Kenny did the dishes. He used them as clay pigeons! So Sue Ellen continued to run the house with little or no help from her siblings, but one day while Kenny had a get-together in his room, Walter climbed onto the roof to fix the cable antenna when he fell off and broke his ankle and what's more, Sue Ellen's paycheck was small due to taxes, but the real salt on the open wound was when Sue Ellen discovered the home entertainment center. She learns the kids had spent over $3,000! This was now embezzlement! Well things just kept getting worse because due to a protest on the proposed school uniforms, the fashion center Sue Ellen worked at was facing bankrupcy! But a last minute idea from Sue Ellen just might save them!
Rose liked the idea and proposed a banquet. Sue Ellen offered to have it at her house. Carolyn, the secretary who Sue Ellen was supposed to be replacing grew jealous of her. Her little brother was Bryan and he and Sue Ellen fought when she demanded to keep her job a secret. Carolyn and her yuppie boyfriend Bruce tried to dig up some dirt on Sue Ellen. They found out about Cathy but Rose seemed entranced by that rather than angry. With a week until the party, Sue Ellen whipped her siblings into shape. Kenny mowed the lawn while everyone else cleaned the house and got it all ready for the banquet. Carolyn found Sue Ellen's driver's license, proof that she was 17, and showed it to Rose who called Carolyn a liar. Soon the banquet was on and Sue Ellen made a speech. Kenny, who learned to cook courtesy of Julia Child, prepared the meals. Zach was the maitre'd. Bryan stopped by in hopes of making amendments and nearly blew Sue Ellen's cover. What's more, Mom came home eary and then the dooty really hit the fan! Sue Ellen told the real truth to everyone. Rose was still her friend though and Mom seemed impressed on how Sue Ellen handled things in her absence, although she had just one more question, "Where's the babysitter?"
A pretty good movie! Married...With Children's Christina Applegate plays Sue Ellen Crandell and was very good! Keith Coogan plays Kenny and played a very good little punk! Although in the movie Sue Ellen is older than Kenny, in reality Keith Coogan is a year older than Christina Applegate. How about that? Also in the cast are Joanna Cassidy (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5), David Duchovny (The X-Files) and Robert Gorman (Leprechaun). Also, this film could really teach people responsibility. But anyway, if you like Christina Applegate or are in the mood for a juvenile comedy, then Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is for you!
"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is one of the most funniest movies of it's time. the cast was outstanding, I think Christina Applegate was just like her role as Kelly Bundy on Married With Children. Chris Pettiet was at his best in the film, i don't think I saw him do any better in his career. It goes to show ALL parents that teens can make it on their own~
The story's far-fetched, some of it's trite, but the cast is outstanding and it makes an entertaining bit of mental bubblegum when you want to laugh but not think. It's a nice one to unwind with after a rough day.
This movie is surprisingly watchable in 2001. I caught it again on TBS and it was still entertaining, compared to some of the crap nowadays. I really love the part when kenny does the dishes," the dishes are done man!, is a classic quote. I would recommend checking this movie out, when it's on cable or something. 9*/10*
This is one cool teen movie which ranks amongst such films as Serial Mom and Wayne's World for great light-hearted Saturday Night entertainemnt. While the premise is definitly not exaxtly believable, babysitters dying and 17 year olds becoming Career women on their summer vacation, it's not as medicore as it is made out to be. it is a story about Teens and what their summer vacation is like without any parents, they become like parents themselves!. It was a humorous look at corporate life too! as the daughter joins the rat race to make ends meet while the passed-out son stays home to enjoy his spectacular sloth. While it's admittedly slow-paced and the storyline's not very credible ,it has a real feel-good factor, and the son's new meaning of "doing the dishes" had me laughing for 15 minutes! If you like films like Bill & Ted, Wayne's World and Serial Mom, you won't go wrong with this one! WHEN I WATCHED IT: Saturday 5 February 8PM CHANNEL I WATCHED IT ON: FilmFour
The great thing about this film is it's cheery funny and has many things
can relate to.
Otherwise it's just another fun and easy to watch movie, The first time I saw it I thought it was a bunch of garbage but then my friend bought it over and made us watch it, And I loved it. It has all the great teen wishes like: the Parents away for weeks and no one there to boss you around..then that all changes, but I don't want to spoil what happens (as if the title doesn't give it away)
Just go see it, you'd be dead silly not to!
This is the only "chick flick" I can watch. Applegate is scrumptious but the stoner oldest brother steals the show along with the dysfunctional siblings. It is just a blast to imagine yourself at that age havin the house to yourselves for the entire summer. The movie for me is watchable for the first 3/4s but then completely chicks and cheeses out. I give it a high rating for its re-watchability when stoned. This is the only "chick flick" I can watch. Applegate is scrumptious but the stoner oldest brother steals the show along with the dysfunctional siblings. It is just a blast to imagine yourself at that age havin the house to yourselves for the entire summer. The movie for me is watchable for the first 3/4s but then completely chicks and cheeses out. I give it a high rating for its re-watchability when stoned.
I've watched this film over the years on cable, and it continues to be a very watchable, charming film even with inevitably dated elements. Those who think it the worst thing ever must not see many movies, particularly comedies. This one has an actual brain behind it, a dose of wit and effort to delineate actual characters. In that sense it towers above 97% of most teen-oriented comedies from the last twenty years. I'm pleased that it gets a sizable enough positive response here from viewers, because a film like this can easily be dismissed as a typical formula comedy from a certain era, but unlike many films of its time it retains a very nice appeal, thanks in large part to Christina Applegate. The whole cast is excellent, and overall it's a film that stands up to repeated viewings. How many films from 1991 can still do that?
The "Married With Children" stars made unsuccessful cinematic ventures in 1991. Ed O'Neill struggled with the mediocre "Dutch" and Christina Applegate decided that television was a safer place after this terrible little production. She stars as a recent high school graduate who is upset to learn that her mother has hired a babysitter to look after her and her four younger siblings. Luck intervenes though when the elderly woman passes away. The children have plenty of money, they think, and are going to have a great summer. Naturally the money was left with the deceased babysitter after they drop her off at the city morgue. Now it is up to Applegate to keep her family running by getting a job and trying to support all within the house. Of course she reaches the top by basically stumbling up the corporate ladder. Trouble and more trouble will occur though and Applegate must learn to grow up before she is ready. A really corny motion picture that feels like the worst of the 1980s in the 1990s. 2 stars out of 5.
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