Parents' Guide to

The Baby Sitters Club

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A "girlfriends" story with a great message for tweens.

Movie PG 1995 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Don’t waste your time

This movie is not about the antics of a group of friends spending the summer babysitting. One of the main plots is about a romance between a 13 yr old girl and 17 yr old boy. Another plot is about a deadbeat dad who shows up unexpectedly, only to let the child down again. On top of that, it’s pretty boring - my easily amused 11 yr old thought it was OK and I hated it.
age 11+

Disappointing

I watched this movie with my 10-year-old daughter and her 11-year old friend. We all found it boring. We had been looking forward to watching a movie about a "babysitting club", but that was not the main storyline. Instead, the main plot was about a divorced dad showing up in town and secretly meeting his daughter. Just weird. The "babysitting club" element involved the girls running a day camp for 30+ little kids, which we found very unrealistic. And the girls acted 16, rather than 13. A disappointing movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

If you want a picture of real suburban tween/teen life, don't look to the Disney Channel or early Lindsay Lohan movies. Instead, check out The Baby Sitters Club. Nearly all the young actresses are enchanting. The only shame is that Blair's performance as Stacy falls flat. It's no surprise that Oleynik and Cook became bigger-name stars after this movie. And Fisk's portrayal of the confused but well-meaning Kristy has viewers alternately rooting for her and worrying about her. It's especially worrying when she does things like head to a carnival alone at night and leave her baby brother to walk home alone.

The great thing about The Baby Sitters Club is that Kristy learns her lesson -- and offers instructive life lessons to tweens eager to test their independence. It reminds them that going it alone, especially when an adult is asking them to compromise their morals, is never the right choice. And in a world of oversexualized teens, it's refreshing that the sweet girls, dressed age-appropriately and non-suggestively, are the ones with the boyfriends. It also shows boys as they really are -- sure they're attracted to girls, but they also like the girls for all the different parts of their personalities.

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