Your 17 years old and your Mom tells you she’s going on vacation for two months . Summer break here I come! Until she tells you that she’s hired a babysitter to watch you and your five other brothers and sisters. As if.
That’s what happened to Ellen Crandell played by Christina Applegate. This sweet old woman of course is just an act till the mom leaves and as luck would have it for these kids, she actually died in her sleep. What’s to do but to get rid of the body right? Now the real fun can begin. Right?
As the brothers and sisters soon realize they have no cash and no food. It’s up to Ellen to get a job to help make ends meet. First she works at Clown Dog. What a drag.
Your kidding me right? Ellen had to get out quick. She realizes her passion is in fashion! So with no contacts and no history of any college she forges a resume and applies to General Apparel West to be a receptionist.
Rose Lindsey played by actress Joanna Cassidy, loves her resume so much she offers her a job as an administrative assistant. What luck! She soon realizes working at a high end job has its perks!
Soon she takes a little petty cash here and a little petty cash there, just to help out her brothers and sisters. It’s totally justified. Still not getting the hang of adult responsibilities Ellen soon finds herself in a web of lies, stolen cash, and a boyfriend she can’t keep lying to. Oh, and her company she now works for is about to go under. What’s a seventeen year old to do? Ellen takes it into her own hands and comes up with a design that saves the company! Unfortunalty during the party her mom comes home early! Busted.
Rose soon finds out the company was saved thanks to Ellen and even offers her the job as her personal assistant! Her reply ” I’m going to college first.” The movies ends in a quirky note when Ellen’s Mom asks where the babysitter Mrs. Sturak is. Well… she’s somewhere.
Be sure to check out this film with an all-star cast. Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Keith Coogan, Josh Charles, Concetta Tomei, David Duchovny, Kimmy Robertson, Jayne Brook, Eda Reiss Merin, Robert Hy Gorman, Danielle Harris, Christopher Pettiet, Jeff Bollow, and Michael Kopelow keep it quirky and funny all throughout.