Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

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Director: Stephen Herek, Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz

Cast: Stephen Herek, Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz

     
 

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Christina Applegate stars in this convoluted comedy that comes across as a teen fantasy combination of Home Alone and Working Girl. The premise is all in the title -- when the mother (Concetta Tomei) of a sniveling group of surly kids goes on a much-deserved summer vacation, she leaves her kids under the charge of an elderly distaff granny (Eda Reiss

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Christina Applegate stars in this convoluted comedy that comes across as a teen fantasy combination of Home Alone and Working Girl. The premise is all in the title -- when the mother (Concetta Tomei) of a sniveling group of surly kids goes on a much-deserved summer vacation, she leaves her kids under the charge of an elderly distaff granny (Eda Reiss Merin). When granny ups and dies, the kids load her dead body in a trunk and deposit the package on the steps of the local funeral home. The kids are ecstatic thinking that with the big wad of cash Mom has left, they can have a summer of consumer madness. But when they find out that the money has been buried with the baby-sitter, the kids have to fend for themselves to make ends meet. Dream teen Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) tries working at a fast food restaurant but she can't stand the grease. So, she puts together a false resume and, posing as a twenty-eight-year old, she applies for a job as a receptionist at a garment manufacturing company. The company vice president, Rose (Joanna Cassidy), is so impressed by her resume that she hires her on the spot as her executive assistant. Her deception looks to be working out great -- Sue Ellen manages to hold off the office lady killer Gus (John Getz), avoids exposure by the embittered receptionist, borrows money from the company's petty cash box for household incidentals, and continues her relationship with restaurant employee Bryan (Josh Charles). But suddenly, the clothing firm is set to go under, and Sue Ellen must use her teen fashion sense to save the company and her job . . . and she has to get the rest of the brood involved.

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With a title like this and the moronic footage used to advertise it, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead seemed headed for the cinematic morgue faster than its title character. But the movie is not nearly so eye rolling as one might think, nor as mean-spirited. After earning fame as the selfish airhead Kelly Bundy on Married...With Children, Christina Applegate actually plays the brains of this backward clan in her first prominent leading role outside of TV. Starting out as a churlish rebel, Applegate's character quickly softens into a respectable heroine given a nice boyfriend (Josh Charles). In this way, the movie is a bit schizophrenic. It wants the lowbrow crowd who will hoot and holler when her brother (Keith Coogan) blows up the china with a shotgun, proclaiming "The dishes are done, man!" but it also wants to be something of a date movie and a flattering vehicle for Applegate. While the two approaches never quite mesh, each half is successful enough to win either giggles or warm fuzzies, making for a classic case of the movie that's a surprise hit because it exceeds expectations by so much. Fresh off of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, director Stephen Herek proved he had a minor hit streak going with undemanding comedies, which continued with The Mighty Ducks in 1992.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2009
UPC:
0883929106080
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
17,049

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Cast & Crew Bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christina Applegate Sue Ellen "Swell" Crandell
Joanna Cassidy Rose Lindsey
John Getz Gus Brandon
Josh Charles Bryan
Keith Coogan Kenny Crandell
David Duchovny Bruce
Concetta Tomei Mrs. Crandell
Kimmy Robertson Cathy
Jayne Brook Carolyn
Robert Hy Gorman Walter Crandell
Danielle Harris Melissa Crandell
Christopher Pettiet Zach Crandell
Chris Claridge Lizard
Jeff Bollow Mole
Michael Kopelow Hellhound
Sharon Bialy Actor
Eda Reiss Merin Lil Sturak
Richard Pagano Actor
Carl Tramon Actor
Alejandro Quezada Skull
Wendy Brainard Jill
Kawena Charlot Becky
Laurie Morrison Katrina
Deborah Tucker Nicole
Sidney Lassick Franklin
Michelle Mais Temp
Oscar Jordan Mailroom Clerk
Marc Epstein Lunch Waiter
Jim Holmes Dinner Waiter
Cathy Ladman Pam
Frank Dent Mr. Egg
Steve Ruggles Officious Clerk
Randy Pelish Delivery Man
E.E. Bell Umpire
Kristen Corbett Pretty Little Leaguer
Christopher Plummer Howard
Ethan Wilson Musician #2
Logan Duncan Liza
David Shawn Michaels Dolly
Christopher Morley Marilyn
Robert Newmyer Mortuary Worker
Brian Reilly Mortuary Worker
Dan Castellaneta Animated Babysitter
Sarah Buxton Tess
Bryan Clark Dr. Permutter

Technical Credits
Stephen Herek Director
Caroline Baron Associate Producer
Phil Bartco Special Effects
Mayne Berke Set Decoration/Design
Sharon Bialy Casting
Larry Bock Editor
Buddy Enright Set Decoration/Design
Bill Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Davis Guggenheim Associate Producer
James M. Halty Stunts
Tara Ison Screenwriter
Patricia Klawonn Art Director,Production Designer
Neil Landau Screenwriter
Kara Lindstrom Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
David Newman Score Composer
Robert Newmyer Producer
Donna O'Neal Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Pagano Casting
William R. Perry Stunts
Julia Phillips Producer
Michael Phillips Executive Producer
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Reilly Producer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Alan Splet Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
1. A Summer of Freedom [:10]
2. A Babysitter? [4:08]
3. The Babysitter's Dead! [2:44]
4. A Fast Food Experience [2:30]
5. From Burger to Grease to Executive Suite [4:24]
6. What a Drag [:31]
7. Monday Madness [7:30]
8. Petty Cash? [5:37]
9. "I Hate This Part? [2:17]
10. "The Dishes Are Done Man!" [1:37]
11. Gus and Rose [5:40]
12. Bouncing: An Ageless Pass-Time [:05]
13. From Bad to Worse [6:08]
14. "I Should Have Been There" [:58]
15. "You Have Spent Over $3,000.00!!" [1:56]
16. Don't Give Up Now [1:07]
17. "Are You With Me?!" [4:00]
18. The Presentation Party [:58]
19. "Mom's Home!" [3:30]
20. A Lot to Learn [1:16]

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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't tell mom the babysier's dead is a great movie to watch i know its an old movie from the 90's but i seen it I have the dvd and its cool They should make more movies like this
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It's one of those that are good hearted and you can watch over and over again. I give it two thumbs up !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie!! It's a lot of fun to watch. The thing I did'nt like was it's kind of old (the fashions and stuff) But other than that it's good