My Babysitter's a Vampire

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Twilight parody is bloodier than usual Disney fare.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 379 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 157 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Making good choices isn't a central element to the plot, but a teen girl stands up to strong peer pressure from a school clique, and two friends put themselves in harm's way to save the townspeople. On the downside, an unpopular girl welcomes her new powers for a feeling of strength, and a teen leader exacts revenge for (in his view) an old injustice by killing innocent people. The show gives an overall negative impression of teens, portraying most of them as gullible and susceptible to pop-culture crazes.

Positive role models & representations

The lone parents are oblivious to their son's involvement in battling a vampire clan, but another adult gives the heroes guidance for their task. A teen does whatever he can to protect his little sister from harm, and another resists the pressure to join a school clique of vampires by drinking human blood. 

Violence

Violence is mostly implied, but there's plenty of it. Fanged vampires bite victims' necks and suck their blood, either (seemingly) killing them and stealing their souls or turning them into vampire fledglings. Lots of fist fights, kicking, and use of household objects (silverware, squirt guns filled with holy water) as weapons, as well as electrocution and stabbings (after one, a guy walks around with a fork protruding from his head), which evaporate the vamps' bodies completely. Most violent incidents are either obscured or viewers' attention is diverted elsewhere, so actual exposure to blood and gore is negligible, but the implications still exist.

Sex

A few kisses on screen, plus a few more implied out of the camera's view. In one, two teens emerge from a closet, with the girl looking rumpled, apparently from a make-out session that culminated in her being bitten. Teen boys call girls "babes" and talk about getting hickies. A girl calls a boy a "perv" when he opens the bathroom door to check on her.

Language

Occasional use of "butt," "geek," "shut up," "farthead," and one instance of "ass."

Consumerism

One contextual reference to Wikipedia.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A girl mentions at a teen party that no one there is drinking, and a mom reminds her son to never try drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's plenty of violence in this Canadian-made TV movie (later made into a series), but most of it is obscured to the point that little actual blood is really seen. Fist fights, stabbings, and, in one scene, multiple vampire bites that presumably kill human victims and steal their souls are common fare, but little of the gore is actually visible to viewers. It's clear that the show isn’t out to push any positive lessons, but there's merit in the heroine's struggle to resist peer pressure, which is worth bringing to tweens' attention. Because there's a campy air to the series, underscored by its obvious parody of the Twilight movies, and the onscreen violence is minimized, it might be an OK alternative for some older tweens.

User Reviews

Adult Written byxxpurplepetals July 17, 2011

My Babysitter's a Vampire, just a show.

Parent's, why are you over reacting? This show brings out role models and lessons. Also, why are you saying there's sexual activity? There's only... Continue reading
Adult Written byDanniAckles July 29, 2011

Great, fun show

I think that this show is really great for kids. People have always been fascinated with Vampires and magic. Kids love the fantasy element, they like seeing the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2011

Parents - please read before you block this show or stop your kid(s) from watching it. Hope it helps.

Im 11 and, I know many kids my age like this show. I NEVER miss an episode. The show is not "evil" they fight the evil, they're not evil. Okay so... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycat317 July 10, 2011

It's fine.

This show is fine for tweens and young teenagers, because it's actually more realistic than Hannah Montana or this "ANT Farm" thing where everyon... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ethan (Matthew Knight) is mortified when his parents insist on hiring his attractive classmate Sarah (Vanessa Morgan) to babysit for his younger sister, Jane (Ella Jonas Farlinger). But the evening turns out to be a memorable one when he discovers that Sarah is actually a fledgling vampire who's fighting the urge to feed, which would complete her transformation. Ethan and his best friend, Benny (Atticus Mitchell), learn that Sarah's ex-boyfriend, Jesse (Joe Dinicol), leads a den of vamps at the teens' school. Soon after, the three friends uncover the vampires' dark plot to get revenge on the town for what Jesse sees as a longstanding wrongdoing against his kind. But with some unexpected help and a few magical powers, the heroes set out to save the townspeople and eliminate Jesse for good.

Is it any good?

The unimpressive MY BABYSITTER'S A VAMPIRE is a Canadian-produced comedy/fantasy that taps into tweens' and teens' thirst (pun intended) for all things vampire. And for anyone even remotely familiar with the Twilight phenomenon, its teen-vamps-assimilating-into-high-school-life plot will sound a little trite. What's more, the substory follows the characters' obsession with a vamp-themed movie series called Dusk, clips from which are interspersed throughout the show to draw similarities between its story and the series' in a manner that spoofs both the Twilight plot and fans' affection for it.

Unoriginality aside, the series offers little that's noteworthy. The acting is strained (although its exaggerated style adds to the show's overall campiness), and the plot is unimpressive. On the plus side, there are some fleeting teaching moments to be found in Sarah's determination to stand up to the vampires' pressure to drink human blood and in offhand remarks that speak out against teen drinking and drug use. This series is too scary for young kids, and there's a lot of violence, but because it's got a certain campiness that lightens the mood and it obscures much of the biting and greatly limits the gore, it's probably OK for a slightly younger crowd than Twilight attracts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about peer pressure. In what ways does Sarah resist temptation? Why does she do it and others don't? How does peer pressure appear in your life?

  • Is it always easy to identify ill-meaning people around us? What dangers exist that are hard to see? How can you keep yourself safe?

  • Do you believe in the supernatural? Why do you think stories about vampires and werewolves are such a draw for kids? How does fantasy change our view of reality?

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