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  • Actors: Joanna Cassidy, Josh Charles, Keith Coogan, Kimmy Robertson, Robert Gorman
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Neil Landau, Tara Ison
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Nov. 22 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (Repackaged/DVD)

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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Format: DVD
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is an okay movie; it is different and that makes it different from any other slapstick comedy.The cast isn't that big besides Applegate.The old lady in the beggining is really funny.It is full of funny moments, but the plot is to different and that is what made me give it a lower rating.The is definetly a perfect six.The children in this film are so trashy and realistic in that kind of setting and I think that's hilarious.Applegate does a great job and serves up quiet a few laughs.The pothead older brother is kind of annoying along with some other characters.One of the main promlems is that the film is so predictable.The outfits and hair cuts are fun to make fun of when there is nothing really important is going on.If you are up for a good laugh and something deifferent check it out, but don't expect to much from this little comedy.
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."
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"Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" was one of my favorite movies as a child. I always thought it was so cool that the four kids got to spend the entire summer by themselves without anyone telling them what to do!
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!!!
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"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm not sure why I bought it, probably because I really liked it as a kid, as will other kids who like cheesy '90s movies. While it's considered a comedy, there aren't a lot of full-out jokes. The comedic relief is left mainly in the capable hands of Kenny Crandell (Keith Coogan), the metalhead, pot-smoking older brother--like when he gets winded just from running up a short flight of stairs or using the dirty dishes as clay pigeons, giving one of the most memorable quotes from this movie afterwards: "The dishes are done, man!" There's also some added romance thrown in between the 17-year-old main character, Sue Ellen Crandell (Christina Applegate), and Brian (Josh Charles), basically to fill in the movie's rough plot edges. Cute couple, but not really necessary, in my opinion.
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.
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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.
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