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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 siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Swell
... Rose Lindsey
... Gus
... Bryan
... Kenny
... Mom
... Bruce
... Cathy
... Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Sturak
... Walter
... Melissa
... Zach
Chris Claridge ... Lizard
... 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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Comedy

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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Real World  »

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$25,196,249
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1.85 : 1
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Jennifer Love Hewitt was originally cast as Melissa Crandell. She was forced to drop the role because the producers of Kids Incorporated (1984) would not let her out of her contract. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in summer 1990, but the Q.E.D. report on Sue Ellen's computer screen lists March 22,1989, as the date. The posters in the Clown Dog advertise a circus on Friday April 20th. In 1989, April 20th was not on a Friday. See more »

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Melissa Crandell: When our food is gone, we can eat Elvis!
[dog whimpers and leaves the room]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Bitter
Performed by Charlie Terrell (as Terrell)
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Charlie Terrell (as Terrell)
Published by Go Dog Go Music
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Really stupid but I LOVED it!
1 November 1999 | by 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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