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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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Stephen Herek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Applegate ... Swell
Joanna Cassidy ... Rose Lindsey
John Getz ... Gus
Josh Charles ... Bryan
Keith Coogan ... Kenny
Concetta Tomei ... Mom
David Duchovny ... Bruce
Kimmy Robertson ... Cathy
Jayne Brook ... Carolyn
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Sturak
Robert Hy Gorman ... Walter
Danielle Harris ... Melissa
Christopher Pettiet ... Zach
Chris Claridge Chris Claridge ... Lizard
Jeff Bollow ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Real World See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$25,196,249
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second movie starring Keith Coogan about a group of kids being left with a babysitter. The first was Adventures in Babysitting (1987), opposite Elisabeth Shue. Coincidentally, both films were rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America and contain more than one use of the "F-word" in a non-sexual manner. See more »

Goofs

When Sue Ellen shoots Gus with the water gun, the squirt on his pants changes size between the close up and the long shot. See more »

Quotes

Zach Crandell: Cynthia, you're my moon goddess.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The scene when Kenny puts his cannabis plant on the window sill, it falls off, on VHS, he smiles, then Sue Ellen walks in. On DVD, he smiles, & says, "Fuck...!", then Sue Ellen walks in. (this refers the Australian VHS & DVD Versions) See more »

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Referenced in Elvira's Movie Macabre: Night of the Living Dead (2010) See more »

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Viva La Vogue
Performed by Army of Lovers
Courtesy of Giant Records/Sonet Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Alexander Bard (as Bard), Magnus Frykberg (as Frykberg) & Emil Hellman (as Hellman)
Published by Stainless Music
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Harmless entertainment
1 July 2005 | by viv-15See 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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