This is a blog : the 13th : Don’t tell Mom the babysitters dead 

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. 

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This is a blog : the tenth : Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

If you love Michael Caine and Steve Martin check out the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This comedy also stars Glenne Headly. The screenplay was written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, and Paul Henning.

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Lawrence Jamieson (Caine) and Freddy Benson (Martin) are both conmen. Though their occupation is the same they both con for different reasons. Caine’s character cons for a lavish lifestyle while Martin’s character steals just to get free meals. This movie mostly takes place in the French Riviera. As these two characters meet they put together the biggest heist, to swindle an American heiress of 50,000. Through the conning we have lots of laughs. We also start to see that the “heiress” isn’t even an heiress at all and falls in love with Martin’s character.

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I loved the style of this film. It’s a great movie to watch whenever with whomever. The score of this film is great. The music consists of a ‘30s jazzy score by Miles Goodman.

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As I researched this movie, I found out some surprising details. Wikipedia states that this movie was originally written for Mick Jagger and David Bowie by Dale Launer. I imagine if the movie would have such a success as it did if they starred in it. Also Michael Caine was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy but lost to Tom Hanks in Big.

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