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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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No rules. No curfews. No baths. No nagging. No pulse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,233,415, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$25,196,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,196,249
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Sue Ellen's alarm clock goes off at 5:30am. When the scene goes wide, there is broad daylight with no sign of "morning pink" coming through the windows. Bright sun rays on various items in the bedroom indicate that the sun is considerably above the horizon. In Los Angeles, the sun never rises earlier than 5:40 am.At most, the sun would be just breaking the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell: I am NOT working at the big top from hell for pocket money. My mom's away and I have my brothers and sister to take care of and nobody's going to hire a kid to do anything that's not disgusting.
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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 »

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 »

Connections

References Gidget (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

 
Much better than is to be expected
1 June 2007 | by mrsastorSee all my reviews

I loved this movie, I found it very entertaining and would recommend it.

I'm often surprised at the points people get hung up on in reviewing movies. They are, after all, FICTION. The main "controversy" surrounding this plot seems to be Sue Ellen's job. I have done office work for over 25 years and yes, it is entirely possible that Sue Ellen could have landed that position without too much trouble. Maybe not inside of five minutes at the first firm she walked into, but using a faked resume, as she was, she could have obtained a pretty soft office job without too much trouble. Some firms I've worked for would verify your more recent work experience, but many others never verify anything on a resume, and I've never once in all my years known of anyone to verify the education one claimed to have. Indeed, I've often kicked myself that I could have claimed to have some precious, worthless high dollar degree and no one would have questioned it.

Beyond this, the movie is awfully good for this genre of film. We see the children unexpectedly learning valuable life lessons and it changing them into better people. It's really a rather wholesome movie considering the time period and target audience. I've let my nephews, nieces, and grandchildren watch in my home, there is nothing more objectionable than the very occasional swear word in it.

One of my favorite movies from an otherwise dry period in Hollywood, highly recommended.


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