The Baby Sitters Club



A "girlfriends" story with a great message for tweens.
  • Review Date: August 13, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


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.


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.


Name-calling consists of "freak" and "you suck."  Kids also tell one another to "shut up."


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.

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.

What's the story?

Based on the book by Ann M. Martin, THE BABY SITTERS CLUB shows kids of different ethnicities and interests hanging out, riding bikes, getting crushes, working on schoolwork, and hatching crazy/brilliant schemes. The scheme in this case is a summer day camp where the girls can earn enough money to get an office for their baby sitting group. Group ringleader and tomboy Kristy (Shuyler Fisk) and her buddies -- the math-minded Stacy (Bre Blair), the studious Mary Anne (She's All That's Rachael Leigh Cook), hippie Dawn (10 Things I Hate About You and The Secret World of Alex Mack's Larissa Oleynik), artistic Claudia (Tricia Joe), novelist Mallory (Stacy Linn Ramsower), and dancer Jessi (Zelda Harris) -- have had the market cornered on babysitting in suburban Stoneybrook for years -- but they're also best friends. In a bid to get to spend the summer together every day and still keep their babysitting clients happy, the girls open a day camp. But when Kristy's flaky biological dad reappears after a near five-year absence, Kristy's loyalties are torn: Does she keep the secret her dad asks her to keep or does she risk betraying him? And can she get all the time she wants with her dad while still spending enough time with her family and at the day camp she created?

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the danger of keeping secrets. What should you do if an adult ever asks you to keep a secret from your parents? Who should you talk to if your parent is the person asking you to keep the secret? When is keeping a secret OK?

  • Are the girls in this movie role models? What defines a role model to you? How are the girls in this movie different from some others in contemporary movies about tweens and teens?

  • Did you notice the brand-name products in the movie? Do you think these products were there to make the movie feel more realistic, or were they paid for by the companies? Do these sorts of product placements make you more likely to buy the items?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 14, 1995
DVD release date:September 16, 2003
Cast:Ellen Burstyn, Larisa Oleynik, Rachael Leigh Cook, Schuyler Fisk, Tricia Joe
Director:Melanie Mayron
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild language

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Adult Written bydvdqueen July 29, 2015

i love it!

and I love watching this movie. I never watched the tv show. but the movie I love. I love the romance between Luca and Stacey, and I just love this movie!!!!
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Teen, 15 years old Written bylilyslilies October 6, 2012

Great Family Movie

I LOVED the books as a child, and when I saw the movie, I fell in love. It's a great story about friendship and sticking together, I would recommend it for any age.
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Educator Written bycaffinegirl85 October 23, 2011

nice movie i apporve!

this is a very very good movie any ages for kids to see this movie its a great movie there's nothing bad about it at all hey may be rated PG but thats the perfect rating for the perfect movie well to me it is its about 4 sweet girls that run a club a babysitter's club one girl Stacy the pretty blonde is a very good charcter i like how she meets Luca its a movie about true friendship and good- hearted humor and and seven girls wanting to help out people this is a great movie i totally apporve!
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