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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 1991

Five kids are left home when their mother leaves town on a three-month vacation to Australia, only to have their geriatric babysitter die of a heart attack, leading to the eldest teen, Sue Ellen, to scam her way into taking a job at a hip Los Angeles fashion company to feed and support her needy siblings...

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I love this movie so much! I could watch it 100 times in a row and still love it just as much. I can't seem to ever get enough of it. I don't understand why this movie got such bad ratings, blows my mind.
i Personally like this film because it seemed like something that might actually happen to a family but still had that little twist of fakeness to it that showed that it is still a fictional movie
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I was at my parents' house on Friday night (I know, I know, this dating hiatus of mine has to come to an end eventually) and my dad was really, really, really sick. My sister has a new baby, Cherish, who is about 2 months old, and my parents were watching her while my sister and her husband went to a big Christmas party. My dad had purchased these surgical masks at a drugstore or something, and he seemed to think that wearing one of these would render his entire physical self somehow germ-free. He was holding Cherish, wearing one of these masks, which I thought was absurd.

I told him they didn't work, and he was incredulous. "What do you mean they don't work? Surgeons use them all the time!" This is true, but surgeons carrying the ebola virus don't usually operate.

Sure enough, night before last I got sicker than John Waters at a fetish club. It has been an awful week. I have been coughing up wads of phlegm the size of my fist, and my head feels as if Famke Janssen just squeezed it between her thighs. So apparently the surgical masks do diddly squat. Just a little info for those of you who are curious.

Yesterday I called in sick (there was sick time available to be taken) and lounged around my apartment watching television and taking about 4 hot showers in between bouts of violent phlegm expulsion. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was on HBO at one point, and I watched it, having not seen it since its theatrical release in 1991, when I was a Junior in high school.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead is one of those aggressively PG-13 teen movies that we were smothered with during the late 80s/early 90s. John Hughes was the undisputed master of this genre, but several imitators attempted to follow suit (Adventures in Babysitting, License to Drive, Summer School), and more often than not, these films were unfunny failures. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is one of those movies.

Christina Applegate, at the peak of her Married With Children heyday, before she sprouted those bags under her eyes (she has always looked about 6 years older than her actual age) and began making tripe like View from the Top and Surviving Christmas, stars as Sue Ellen, the oldest of 5 siblings left alone for two months while her mother travels out of the country. The babysitter dies (I hope I didn't give anything away there), and the kids wreak havoc for the first 45 minutes, but Sue Ellen gets a job as a high level executive assistant, and then the kids get responsible for the last half of the film.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is a very boring, uninvolving, and insipid film. I noticed some awkward dubbing, and wondered if I was watching a TV edit. Most of the profanity seemed intact, however, and it was on HBO, so I paid closer attention and realized that they were dubbing over random words in order to apparently "improve" the dialogue. At one point, Sue Ellen calls her pothead brother a "stupid punk", although she mouths the words "stupid brat". So the word "punk" is dubbed over the word "brat" for no reason that I could easily discern. It made the whole film seem cheap and poorly written (which it was), and John Getz' perfomance as a sleazy executive was the one high point of the film.

I had to come into work today (no more sick time available) even though I feel awful, but I have tomorrow off, so I'm just trying to make it through the day. I got another coupon for a free Claim Jumper meal in the mail yesterday, for some reason. They must feel really bad for ripping me off.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead: 8/10

Pretty good movie, but still kinda 80's. LoL.
HALLOWEEN (4 STARS)-Don't feel like commenting



JFK (4.5 STARS)-This I will, because its about the JFK assassination stars Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon (because its required a law back then that every movie must have Kevin Bacon), Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Joe Pesci, John Candy, & Donald Sutherland (who was fricken exilent in the 5 mins that he was in.) I love talking about the JFK assassination. But the only thing that we know is that there was a second shooter (the Zellpruder tape proves it, he was hit from the front.) and don't give me shit about seeing this Discover Channel special that says there was one shooter. I saw that same special, The tape shows him getting hit from the front.

FREDDY GOT FINGERED (.5 STAR)-Winner of 5 Razzies (well deserved) This movie actually kills brain cells.
(* 1/2)
I'm beginning the rather lengthy task of entering into the database every film I have seen, at least those I have a decent memory of. Some may have the briefest of reviews while many will just have a number. Those films that I consider personal favorites and/or those that have some historical signficance I will add later when I have time for more lengthy reviews.

Hook is probably Steven Spielberg's worst film. He has a couple of really awful films, and a few more that I consider mediocre (although I may be in the minority there) but critics and audiences alike panned this fantasy adventure. Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins all peared in this flop.

Flatliners, directed by Joel Schumacher, features a group of medical students experimenting with the afterlife. The film is sometimes very intriguing, other times just ridiculous. The cast features Julia Roberts (who is pretty good here), Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt.

What happens when you combine Hollywood's most conventional director (Ron Howard) with one of it's most conventional actors (Mel Gibson)? You get Ransom, a by-the-numbers, Hollywood blockbuster. Gibson actually does okay in the first part of the film, but you know where this film is going with Howard's direction. Not dreadful, but totally forgettable.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. Don't tell anyone that you actually saw this movie. Oops I just did.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Sue Ellen and her four siblings look forward to their mother's upcoming three month vacation in Australia. The children see these three months as a time to live without responsibility and structure. However, their mom throws a monkey wrench into their plans by hiring a babysitter. Shortly after starting the job, the babysitter passes away. The children drop the babysitter off at the mortuary and start their summer off in the fashion they initially intended. Just when life seems to be nothing but fun and games, responsibility, due to a lack of resources, sets in. The children will have to band together to enjoy their independent summer.

"I'd respect your privacy if you weren't so secretive."
"I'd tell you more if you didn't want to know so much."

Stephen Herek, director of Critters, the Mighty Ducks, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the Three Musketeers, Mr. Holland's Opus, Holy Man, and the upcoming The Census Taker, delivers Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. The storyline and premise for this film isn't as horrible as one may anticipate; however, the ultimate conclusion is disappointing and the character transformations are unbelievable (at best).

"She has lots of experience."
"Of course she does, she's two hundred years old."

The $10 request, the search for the prize in the cereal box scene, the opening report card conversation, the opening credits cartoon, the use of the Twilight Zone music, the aardvark report request, the moon goddess reference, the sugar & spice reference, the "hack off her head" request, the drag queens stealing the car, Brian coming to the rescue in the clown dog truck, Kenny doing the dishes, the entertainment center, the green eggs and ham reference, the "busted" scene, and the concluding fashion show were amongst the better portions of the film.

"When our food is gone, we can eat Elvis."

The soundtrack for this film is decent. However, the use of the montage in this film is ridiculous. The closing scene with the mother walking into the fashion show, causing a complete disturbance, and Brian showing up on the loud speaker were both ridiculous and unneeded. The transformation of Kenny into a responsible adult was refreshing but a bit unrealistic based on how dramatic the transformation was. The film is worth watching, but nothing special.

"Nice old lady inside. Dead of natural causes."

Grade: C
Starring: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Josh Charles, Jayne Brook, and David Duchovny.
Directed by Stephen Herek.
Written by Neil Landau and Tara Ison.
Rated PG-13 (for language, sexual content and crude humor).
Running time approximately 1 hour 42 minutes.

Oh, are such a pretty lady...

First of all, I need to throw this out there: I am totally biased toward this movie. By no means is it a good piece of film/moviemaking. I'd watched it so many times as a kid, much to my mother's dismay. I just loved it back then. I think it was actually the title that really appealed to me. Reviewing it now, it seems horribly dated and ridiculous. The story's unbelievable and the characters simple goofballs with no agendas outside the necessities of the plot. It's entarteining, but it's not really worth seeing more than...ten or twenty times. ** (out of ****) C
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. (1991)
a funny movie for teens to watch

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

I loved this movie when I was a kid. Anytime I saw it on TV I would watch it. I never had any evil babysitters like the one in this movie but I sure did in pre-school/day care. To me this is a classic from my childhood and I'll always enjoy it.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is a classic 90's flick that has everything to offer that you'd hope from this era. For us early to mid twenty something's looking back on all the great neon coloured 90's flicks is just as fun as seeing the new summer blockbusters. I'm not sure if it's the nostalgia of the movies we watched as kids or preteens or if these movies are necessarily that great. Personally I think it's a mix between the two. I don't think my judgment is so clouded to project entertaining qualities onto a movie that doesn't deserve them. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead has the right combination of cheesy, funny dialogue, outrageous outfits and styles, and early 90's actors and actresses.

A young Christina Applegate plays the main character Sue Ellen who is forced to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters while their mom is in Australia for the summer and their sweet, little old lady babysitters dies in her sleep. Sue Ellen finagles her way into an executive position with a fashion company and soon runs into trouble after 'borrowing' too much money from the petty cash box and a rival employee tries to take her down.

A young David Ducovny also plays a relatively small role in the film. It's always funny to look back at the small roles that actors played in their youth while making a name for themselves in the industry.

Anyways, getting back to the film itself; this is the stereotypical 90's flick. The rebel teenage main character, who smokes and talks back to her mom, ends up learning life lessons and matures throughout the course of the film. By the end of the movie she's got her life in order and is wise beyond her years; imparting some knowledge to all of her no doubt youthful viewers. A seemingly cheesy, warm hearted message at the end of the movie is the perfect way to solidify itself as a classic early 90's movie.

At the end of the day Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's dead is a hilarious look into an absurd situation. Definitely worth a watch to anyone who likes the absurd or who simply gets a kick out of early 90's fashion.