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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.
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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.
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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

DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD (4 STARS)- same on this

HEAVYWEIGHTS (4 STARS)-and this

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.
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