A single mom leaves her five kids home with a geriatric babysitter when she leaves town on a three-month vacation to Australia: what could possibly go wrong? The premise for Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead may not be the most plausible, but it does make for one of our favorite '90s teen movies. After her babysitter dies suddenly of a heart attack, Sue Ellen Crandell (played expertly by Christina Applegate in her first movie role) has to give up her fantasy of hanging on the beach with her friends all Summer and scams her way into a job at an LA fashion company so she can make money and take care of her younger siblings. There's comedy, a love interest, and lots of horrifying shoulder pads, but most of all, there are many life lessons to glean. In honor of the movie's 23rd anniversary this month, we're looking back on the most memorable things we learned from Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
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