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Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

March 12 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program in association with Women in Film Los Angeles and Veggie Cloud: “Working Girls: America’s Career Women on Screen”

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)
Directed by Stephen Herek

Primarily remembered as a coming-of-age comedy with some great one-liners (“Dishes are done, man!”), Don’t Tell Mom equally considers what it means to quickly assume adult responsibility — thanks to the necessity of work. Reality sets in fast for the five Crandell kids when their summer caretaker suddenly bites the dust. Now without supervision or any spending money, the eldest of the kids, Swell (a confident Christina Applegate), has to take a job just to put massive bowls of cereal on the table. Lying about her age and experience to get a job at an apparel company, this newly-minted working teen suddenly finds herself in too deep when her co-workers suspect she might not be the woman on her (heavily doctored) resume.

Production/Distribution Company: Warner Bros., Inc. Director: Stephen Herek. Screenwriter: Neil Landau, Tara Ison. Cinematographer: Tim Suhrstedt. Editor: Larry Bock. Cast: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Josh Charles, Keith Coogan.

35mm, color, 102 min.

In person: Neil Landau, screenwriter


March 12
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States


UCLA Film & Television Archive