Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)



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Movie Info

With their mother setting out for an Australian vacation, a family of five children, Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate), Kenny (Keith Coogan), Melissa (Danielle Harris), Walter (Robert Gorman), and Zach (Christopher Pettiet), look forward to a summer full of fun and freedom. However, their hopes are dashed when a crotchety old woman is hired to baby-sit them. When the sitter drops dead, 17-year-old Sue Ellen ends up conning her way into a high-powered business job in order to support her siblings … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tara Ison, Neil Landau
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2001
Warner Brothers



as Sue Ellen Crandell

as Kenny Crandell

as Mrs. Crandell

as Carolyn

as Lil Sturak

as Walter Crandell

as Melissa Crandell

as Zach Crandell

as Hellhound

as Franklin

as Mailroom Clerk

as Lunch Waiter

as Dinner Waiter

as Mr. Permutter

as Umpire

as Musician

as Musican

as Mortuary Worker

as Mortuary Worker

as Animated Babysitter

as Mortuary Worker

as Rose Lindsey

as Mr. Egg

as Officious Clerk

as Delivery Man

as Pretty Little League...

as Mortuary Worker
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Critic Reviews for Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starts with an enjoyable, if crude, black comedy situation promised by the title, but then it turns into an incredibly dumb teenage girl's fantasy of making it in the business world.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
Top Critic

This is a sassy little comedy of wit and intelligence from the director of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Miss Applegate is charming when the screenplay allows her to slow down. Working against her is the director, Stephen Herek, who pushes every gag so hard and fast that he seems to be keeping up with a laugh track only he can hear.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Blame the smash of Home Alone for the new herd of kids-on-the-loose movies. Let's hope none are dumber than this one.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Don't tell the studio, but its movie's dead. And as we used to say as kids -- rest in pieces.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Once the babysitter dies and her body is deposited anonymously on the steps of a funeral home, the movie is free to reveal its real purpose: This is a consumerist, escapist fantasy for teenage girls.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead


Once again I'm hit by a wave of nostalgia. I will admit that I'm inflating the grade here, and giving it more props than maybe it's worth, but I can't help it. This film may be typical and predicatble, but I dig it.

The story concerns a bunch of wild siblings who, after their mom leaves for an extended overseas trip, are put into the care of a mean and strict babysitter. However, the hell they face with her is nothing compared to the hell they have to endure after she passes away unexpectedly, forcing the kids to grow up and become mature responsible people, which is even more of a drag since it means not spending their summer having all they fun they had planned on.

This is an unrealistic fantasy, but it's charming and really funny. Plus, I' sure plenty of parents would love to come home someday to see their wild, heavy metal stoner son all cleaned up, straight, and wearing nice clothes like a real gnetleman. The cool thing about this movie though, is that once the characters make changes, you do feel like maybe they really mean it (at least for some of them), and they didn't change totally out of necessity to fit a temporary situation.

This film is a bit of a mess, implausible, and dated to a degree, but it's fun, so there.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not my cup of tea but then I guess it wasn?t aimed at me!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

ive probably seen this. whether i have or havent, its nothing special.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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