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
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Keith Coogan is the grandson of actor Jackie Coogan. AKA Uncle Fester and The Kid. See more »
When Sue Ellen says, "I thought we made designer clothes," a brooch on Rose's shoulder jumps to her lapel when she replies, "We're in the bowels of the fashion industry." See more »
[watching a game show, trying to guess the answer]
Alaska... Alaska... Alaska container... Alaska... spill.
[Mrs Sturak turns the TV off]
Hey! I was watching that!
TV rots your brains!
[picks up first volume of the encyclopedia and tosses it to Walter]
Go to your room! I expect a complete report tomorrow morning on the life of the aardvark!
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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 »
The film is not distributed by Warner Bros. in the UK and, as such, has a black screen replacing the WB logo at the beginning of the film. See more »
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.
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