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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Edward Furlong was considered for the role of Kenny. But he was unavailable due to him working on Terminator 2 (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Kenny shoots the dishes with a BB gun, it makes the sound and causes the same amount of damage as a shotgun. See more »

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[after being told to do the dishes, and using them as clay pigeons]
Kenny Crandell: Dishes are DONE, man.
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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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References Super Password (1984) See more »

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The Best Thing
Performed by Boom Crash Opera
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Richard Pleasance
Used by Permission of Colgems-EMI Music Inc. and Opera Music Ltd.
(Administerd by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.)
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A fun and vibrant film.
25 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I remember watching this film when I was growing up, I loved it then and I still love it.

Despite the fact it's obviously predictable, it's a fun film that's well acted and directed and has a great soundtrack.

Christina Applegate is quite impressive as Sue-Ellen, as is the rest of the cast.

Most of the characters are quite black and white with the obvious "baddies" getting their comeuppance towards the end of the film. Predictable films howeverm, aren't always bad. Especially if they are well acted and the characters are interesting. The only character that was meant to be nice that I found utterly annoying, was Josh Charles as Sue-Ellen's sugary sweet suitor, Bryan. His acting was great don't get me wrong, but I think it's safe to say Bryan wouldn't be MY type!

If anything else, this fun film is easy to watch and will remind most people in their mid 20's of their adolescents.


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