A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Great messages about friendship and the tenacity of girls. Kristy learns that sometimes family is not defined by blood, but instead by the strength of friendships. Also, girls are valued for much more than their looks.
Positive Role Models
The girls are great role models for tweens. They are always there for one another: loyal, kind-hearted, and generous. Also, they influence viewers to be more business-minded as they earn money, do math, and set up their camp. They also practice sign language with a hearing impaired child.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild baseball injuries. A boy pretends to staple himself in the chest. Stacy collapses during a hike because she ignores her diabetes. Kids walk alone on dark and deserted roads.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Stacy lies about her age to date older Luca. The girls and boys have various crushes on one another. Cokie tries to steal Logan and dresses provocatively. Teens do a little kissing.
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Name-calling consists of "freak" and "you suck." Kids also tell one another to "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
Several products are visible in the film, including Sprite, Coca-Cola, the game Clue (mentioned and played), Wonder Bread, Jif peanut butter, the Yankees, and Ocean Spray.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Not an issue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while some of the young teen characters make poor choices in this movie, they ultimately learn their lessons and serve as strong role models.Two main characters lie to their friends, family, and sometimes put others at risk, but these tests of independence and friendship ultimately reinforce the message that kids need to rely on others and make positive choices. There is some flirting and a bit of kissing between teens, and the romantic relationship between a 13-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy is a central plot point. While there's little swearing and no alcohol or drug use, at times the movie is like an ad for popular food products. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.