Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead Quote: “Oh yeah, what are we going to say, Liza Minnelli stole our Buick?” – Sue Ellen

We all remember Christina Applegate as the ditzy Kelly Bundy from TV’s “Married with Children,” but people often forget she did ’90s movies, too. Before starring in “Anchorman” and “Bad Moms,” a young Applegate went dark and quirky with “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead.”

Commissioner Brad N. told the Shat Crew to do its worst on this comedy, not knowing it was an Ash Schlafly favorite and just wild enough to entertain Gene. The big question: What will Big D say?

There’s a lot to love with this teen movie, including Bernie Sanders as a babysitter, damaged kids, horrible parenting, Scientology jokes, an adorable romance, and sexy villains. Yes, that is David Duchovny.

Ash makes the case that Josh Charles is hot; Gene mourns the loss of another great stoner; and Big D gives us a lecture on responsibility and respect for the dead.

Plot Summary: “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” Sue Ellen Crandell (Christina Applegate) is a teenager eagerly awaiting her mother’s (Concetta Tomei) summer-long absence. While the babysitter (Eda Reiss Merin) looks after her rambunctious younger siblings, Sue Ellen can party and have fun. But then the babysitter abruptly dies, leaving the Crandells short on cash. Sue Ellen finds a sweet job in fashion by lying about her age and experience on her résumé. But, while her siblings run wild, she discovers the downside of adulthood.

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