Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.
When jobless Tommy Collins discovers that sequestered jurors earn free room and board as well as $5-a-day, he gets himself assigned to a jury in a murder trial. Once there, he does ... See full summary »
Single mother goes away for the summer. The kids are first delighted but then find that Mom has hired the sitter from hell to stay with them. When the sitter dies of a sudden coronary they deposit the body at a mortuary only to discover all their summer expense money was in her purse. The kids must find a way to survive the summer without mom or her money. This means actual work!Written by
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Keith Coogan is the grandson of Jackie Coogan, Uncle Fester on The Adams Family. Jackie Coogan was also the impetus for Coogan's Law, a law which protects child actors from being exploited by unethical parents, agents and show business producers. The law was passed when Coogan discovered, at age 21, after years of working in showbusiness, that his bank account had been completely depleted. All the money he had earned doing movies as a child were taken by his mother, who stated, unapologetically, "Any money Jackie made prior to the age of 21 is legally ours, we never promised him otherwise". See more »
When Sue Ellen is on her bed talking to Nicole on the phone, she colors purple stripes on a shirt in a fashion ad. When the kids come in to complain about the babysitter, the stripes are not yet colored in. See more »
The two groundskeepers for the cemetery stand over the Babysitters grave and comment how nice it was for her to leave them the money. The tombstone reads "Nice Old Lady inside who died of natural causes". See more »
TV versions edit the shot of the three drag queens stealing the car and also cut the line of dialogue from Sue Ellen that goes, "Oh yeah, what are we gonna say? Liza Minnelli stole our Buick?" See more »
I loved this movie, I found it very entertaining and would recommend it.
I'm often surprised at the points people get hung up on in reviewing movies. They are, after all, FICTION. The main "controversy" surrounding this plot seems to be Sue Ellen's job. I have done office work for over 25 years and yes, it is entirely possible that Sue Ellen could have landed that position without too much trouble. Maybe not inside of five minutes at the first firm she walked into, but using a faked resume, as she was, she could have obtained a pretty soft office job without too much trouble. Some firms I've worked for would verify your more recent work experience, but many others never verify anything on a resume, and I've never once in all my years known of anyone to verify the education one claimed to have. Indeed, I've often kicked myself that I could have claimed to have some precious, worthless high dollar degree and no one would have questioned it.
Beyond this, the movie is awfully good for this genre of film. We see the children unexpectedly learning valuable life lessons and it changing them into better people. It's really a rather wholesome movie considering the time period and target audience. I've let my nephews, nieces, and grandchildren watch in my home, there is nothing more objectionable than the very occasional swear word in it.
One of my favorite movies from an otherwise dry period in Hollywood, highly recommended.
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