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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 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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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 baths. 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
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Christina Applegate's first lead role. She was 19. See more »

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After the babysitter arrives, Sue Ellen lies on her bed talking on the phone. The tip of a brown shoe appears in her doorway. It's Melissa, waiting for her cue to walk into the bedroom. See more »

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Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Did you burn something?
Kenny Crandell: Yeah, well, maybe if you'd called and told me you were gonna be, like... three-and-a-half hours late, I could've planned my dinner better.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: I had to work late, OK?
Kenny Crandell: You still should've called. I sat and I waited. I went ahead and I fed the kids. I worked all day on that casserole.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Sorry.
Kenny Crandell: You haven't even said how nice the house looks. You're off at the office all day doing interesting office things. I'm stuck here cooking and cleaning and mowing the lawn, helping Melissa ...
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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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Draggin' the Line
Performed by Beat Goes Bang
Produced by Alan Meyerson and Beat Goes Bang
Courtesy of Restless Records
Written by Tommy James and Robert King (as Robert L. King)
Published by Longitude Music Co.
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Harmless entertainment
1 July 2005 | by See 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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