This movie's dialogue is the best, which is why I designated it "Most Quotable Movie Ever." None of the characters comes off as flat and wooden; they put their hearts into everything they say. Sue Ellen and Kenny's lines really sound like ones teenagers would utter. Also, Rose, Sue Ellen's boss, is a great actress. She looks and acts exactly like a benevolent supervisor. She really holds it together well.
I deducted one star b/c when Sue Ellen got her job, the movie's focus seemed to veer off the more pressing issue: that the babysitter was dead and these kids were on their own. The focus seemed to be on Sue Ellen as an ersatz career woman, and at times I forgot the other issue. However, the two matters are tied together nicely at the end when the mother unexpectedly arrives home.
The fashions and time period in which the movie was set were a nostalgic and amusing trip back through time for me. Though it was 1991, and 80's fashion was supposedly dead, you can see it flaunted in Sue Ellen and her friends just as if the decade had never turned over. Also, the head-banging proclivities of Kenny and his friends were poignant because 1991 was the year of hair music's last gasp: Both music and fashion were on the verge of tremedous and tumultuous change when this movie debuted, and Sue Ellen and Kenny were paying homage, probably unwittingly, to the old regime. I wondered, as I observed them, if Kenny would have become a Nirvana fan and if Sue Ellen would have exchanged her big earrings, stretch pants, and frosty lipstick for flannel.