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Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead

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Product Description

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
Wide Screen: no
Director Cut: no
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Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
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Packaging: Sleeve

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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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  • Actors: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles, Keith Coogan, Concetta Tomei
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Neil Landau, Tara Ison
  • Producers: Brian Reilly, Caroline Baron, Davis Guggenheim, Jeffrey Silver, Julia Phillips
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" on IMDb

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By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Thinks are looking up for the Crandell children. Mom (Concetta Tomei, "Deep Impact" and "Picket Fences") is going to Australia for two months. Things seem like they are going to be great until a babysitter shows up. The babysitter seems like a sweet little old lady until mom leaves. The babysitter then turns into a militant, giving the children orders and rules and telling everyone that she will tolerate no infractions.

The children can hardly believe their bad luck. Now they will be stuck with the babysitter from hell. After meeting to discuss their situation, the children elect Sue Ellen (also called Swell, played by Christina Applegate, "Married with Children") to go speak to the old lady. Swell knocks on the old lady's bedroom door and enters when she fails to answer. Swell discovers that one problem was solved, but another created, when she learns that the babysitter is dead.

After another meeting of the children, they decide to take the old lady to a mortuary and drop her off with a note. Unfortunately, the children neglect to remove the money their mother left from the old lady's clothes, as they learn after they return home. Swell and brother Kenny (Keith Coogan, who starred in another classic comedy, "Adventures in Babysitting") decide that one of them has to get a job. A flip of the pizza box and Swell starts looking for a job while brother Kenny hangs around the house and smokes pot.

Swell's first job is at a hotdog place, where she gets the joy of cleaning out the grease pots. Swell decides there has to be a better job she can get, so after a little creative resume writing, she lands a high-paying job as an executive administrative assistant for Rose Lindsay (Joanna Cassidy, "Blade Runner" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit").
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What did Christina Applegate do during her 1990 summer hiatus from television's popular series, "Married...with Children"? Well, she made this charming, highly entertaining comedy of a Los Angeles teen that finds herself in a tough predicament one summer. After her mother leaves on a two-month trip to Australia, Sue Ellen (Applegate) finds herself taking care of her four siblings after the mean, elderly babysitter that was hired by their mother for the summer drops dead from natural causes. Unwilling to put a dent to their summer fun, the kids decide to rid the body and take care of themselves for two months without having to tell their mom. Only problem is that when they dropped the body off at the local mortuary, they forgot to check the babysitter's pockets for the money their mother left for groceries for the entire summer.
Determined to keep the fun and food flowing, Sue Ellen decides to look for a job. After not having too much luck at a fast food restaurant, she applies for a receptionist position at a clothing company. When a resume mix-up gets in the way, Sue Ellen becomes a career woman in order to pay the bills and keep their summer alive. Meanwhile, she develops a blossoming relationship with a fast-food worker she once worked with (Josh Charles of "Threesome") and is being hounded by two office workers who want to wreck her reputation (Concetta Tomei & a very, very young-looking David Duchovny of "X-Files fame).
Featuring a great cast of actors such as Joanna Cassidy and Keith Coogan ("Adventures in Babysitting"), "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead" is a grown-up version of "Home Alone" for teens. Amusing, funny, and entertaining, it was Applegate's only feature-film hit.
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Christina Applegate is surprisingly good in this cult classic playing Sue Ellen. After the babysitter dies from old age, she finds herself responsible for her four younger brothers and sisters for the entire summer. As much as she hates it, Sue Ellen has to get a job to support them all. When she applies for a receptionist job with a clothing manufacturer, her fabricated resume lands her a job with the chief executive. This is a lighthearted movie with many funny scenes.
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"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" is an all-time comedy great. It shows that when you work hard and work together how you can get something done. When Sue Ellen, Walter, Kenny, and Melissa's mother goes to Australia for the summer they are left home with a babysitter. She's not any ordinary babysitter, she's and old lady that is rule oriented and is very, very strict. The kids decide that they have had enough and when Sue Ellen, the oldest of the kids, goes down to talk to her, she is found dead. They have no money and Sue Ellen is working for a clothing company for the summer. Thus starts a funny and often touching comedy.
At the beginning of this film, Sue Ellen has a bad attitude, along with her siblings, about their whole summer. Sue Ellen gets a high position in the clothing company by submitting a made up resume and the job is tedious and very hard. As the movie progresses, she is developed into the young woman that she really is and disovers for herslf how she can accomplish things. She's not the only one that changes. Her brother, Kenny, is a delinquent at the start of the movie as he hangs with the wrong crowd and is off every night using drugs. By the end of the film he changes into a courteous young man that has respect not only for the people and things around him, but for most importantly, himself. The whole family works as a team during their summer and at the end of the movie you know the signifigance of hard work and effort among a group.
The comedy in this film is very good and you'll be having a belly laugh every few minutes. This is a comedy that is great for the whole family to sit down to and enjoy. It is funny, touching, and gives great messages. Not many other comedies can do that. this is heartily recommended to the lover of a great comedy or a film with great messages.
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