Dont Tell Mom the Babysitters
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Christina Applegate, who plays Kelly Bundy in the hit TV show "Married With Children," is the star of this wacky comedy about a group of kids trying to cope with a very weird situation.While mom takes off for a trip to Australia with her boyfriend, the kids are left in the care of the elderly babysitter from hell. Then things go from bad to worse: the old lady dies, leaving them without a cent to their name. Teenager Sue Ellen, the oldest sibling, realizes that they'd better do something fast if they want to eat. Because one thing's for sure: no one wants to let mom know that the babysitter's dead...
"Predictable, but not wholly unlikable."
-- Ken Hanke, MOUNTAIN XPRESS (ASHEVILLE, NC)
The story revolves around a family whose mother has gone on a trip to Austrailia for the summer. Thinking they're home-free, the kids are shocked to find out that their mother has hired a babysitter to watch over them while she's gone. At first the babysitter seems like a nice old lady, but as soon as their mother is gone, she becomes worse than a drill sargeant. Unfortunately, the babysitter dies in her sleep and the family must learn how to survive the entire summer with no money. Christina Applegate's character goes and finds work at a uniform company by lying on her resume. You will be shocked at what this family accomplishes!
I would recommend this film especially to kids and teenagers. Adults might find this film a little far-fetched, but kids will definitely enjoy it!!!
The plot in a nutshell: The mother goes on a trip for the summer, leaving her five kids (the two above-mentioned actors, plus Christopher Pettiet, Danielle Harris, and Robert Hy Gorman) in the care of an old, "deranged Mary Poppins" who suddenly dies of natural causes on her first day there. In an attempt to protect themselves, the five siblings dump her body at the mortuary and get on with the rest of their summer, leaving quite a bit of loose ends hanging. Without money, they soon realize they can't survive. So, Sue Ellen goes on a mad job-hunting search and gets hired first at a fast food restaurant (where she meets Brian) and then later at a clothes manufacturing company as an executive administrative assistant, but only because she plagiarized her entire resume. Most of the movie revolves around Sue Ellen's problems at this latter job (i.e.Read more ›
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.
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It was hard to find this movie online. The dvd was awesome.Published 7 months ago by Shannon Lightning