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The day after Mom leaves for a summer vacation in Australia, the kid's strict babysitter drops dead. The kids decide not to tell Mom, so that they can party.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 08/30/05
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Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead aspires to be a cross between Home Alone and Risky Business, with Christina Applegate as an inadvertent scam artist who gets in over her head and somehow pulls it off. When her mother goes to Australia for two months, Sue Ellen (Applegate) thinks she's going to be in charge--until an elderly tyrant of a babysitter arrives. But on the very first night the old lady has a heart attack and keels over. Sue Ellen and her siblings leave the body at a mortuary, only to discover afterward that all the money their mother had left for the summer was in the babysitter's clothes. So Sue Ellen has to get a job. Thanks to a trumped-up resume, she ends up as an executive assistant at a clothing manufacturer. For a while she keeps her head above water by skillfully exploiting a friendly coworker, but her brothers and sisters are running amok at home and a venomous receptionist has it in for her at work. The role-reversal humor of Sue Ellen having to mother her siblings is unsurprising, but Applegate is unexpectedly appealing; her scenes with Josh Charles (Dead Poet's Society, Threesome) have a sweet chemistry. Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, The Laughing Policeman) plays Sue Ellen's boss and a young David Duchovny (The X-Files, The Rapture) is a weaselly clerk. --Bret Fetzer
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A good movie. So you get used to everything about it seeing it many, many times growing up. So, when I watched this on dvd last night, that I bought from Amazon and gave as a gift for someone, I swear ALL the voice/dialogue was higher pitched!! And considering how many times I've seen this movie on VHS tapes and on TV, -I- would know. It's almost ridiculous and it bugged me the whole movie. But, if a person were to see it for the first time on dvd, then they wouldn't know. And good and lucky for them. (I am not claiming this is Amazon's fault! Just the strange transfer of the movie to dvd.)
This movie has now been promoted to 'PG' rating. Don't buy into that, as it was released in theaters as being rated 'PG-13'. And at one time back in the '90's, the movie rating was said to be 'R'. I wouldn't say so. Definetely 'PG-13'.