Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 1991

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

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It has an amusing enough premise, but Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead will just leave viewers pining for the madcap hijinks promised by the title.

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Sue Ellen Crandell (Christina Applegate) is a teenager eagerly awaiting her mother's (Concetta Tomei) summer-long absence. While the babysitter (Eda Reiss Merin) looks after her rambunctious younger siblings, Sue Ellen can party and have fun. But then the babysitter abruptly dies, leaving the Crandells short on cash. Sue Ellen finds a sweet job in fashion by lying about her age and experience on her résumé. But, while her siblings run wild, she discovers the downside of adulthood.

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

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 25, 2007 | Full Review…

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

    February 11, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

  • Aug 02, 2014
    If you can get over the ridiculous acting, it's actually pretty entertaining. Better than I expected.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2011
    liked it alot at first but as it got into the story i began to find it more and more boring
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2010
    Christina Applegate stars as a high school graduate, whose mother leaves for a two-month summer vacation in Australia, putting all five siblings in the care of a strict geriatric babysitter. When the babysitter suddenly dies in her sleep, Applegate (as the eldest) assumes the role as "head of the household" to enjoy the freedom of having no parents around. She fakes a resume to get a job in the fashion industry and lands herself the enviable position of an "Executive Administrative Assistant? but she soon learns that being an adult is not all that easy." It?s all amusing and one gets to see David Duchovny in an early role.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2009
    ive probably seen this. whether i have or havent, its nothing special.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer

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