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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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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Keith Coogan was told he was too old to play 15-year-old Kenny. He was 20, a couple years older than his co-star Christina Applegate. He came back to the audition in "stoner apparel" and a wig, and got the part. See more »

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The calendar in Sue Ellen's office is from June 1989 not June 1990. See more »

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Carolyn: River Ridge Hospital is on line for you, it seems there's been an emergency with your son.
Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: Oh!... My son!
Rose Lindsey: Your son?
Gus: Your son?
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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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Power Pack (2016) See more »

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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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Better than the 5/10 rating it has here.
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

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.

Tom


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