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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Cute, but not the books

Author: Sparrow_in_flight from United States
19 March 2004

Ok, so the BSC movie is good - but it was, to me, a bit of a letdown. Now, it's possible that I don't remember the books as well as I would like to think I do. Five years since reading a BSC book can make a difference.

The plot I had no complaints with; I remember there being a BSC book or two with similar storylines. It's the character development I didn't like. Some of the behavior, mostly Kristy's, seemed slightly off. On the other hand, I like the actors/actresses picked for the roles.

I also missed some faves from the books (I always enjoyed Kristy's older brothers, whenever they showed up, and some of my favorite charges were missing.) but i know that not every character could be cast - finding ways to involve each one would result in an insanely long movie.

Overall, it's cute. But I'll take the books any day.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Not as good as the series but still good

Author: Sonya Woods from Hell
14 June 2002

I really didn't know that Sissy Spacek(from Stephen King's Carrie), had a daughter till I looked up this movie last night as I was watching it. I loved and grew up with the Baby-sitters Club books. Every once in awhile I will stll watch this. It is about seven best friends who have a baby-sitter's club. During the summer the girls make a day camp for the kids, Kristy's father comes to town and doesn't want Kristy or MaryAnne, who was with Kristy the night she saw he was in town, didn't want them to tell anybody that he was in town. Kristy had to lie to her friends, didn't help Claudia with her science, or help that much with the camp.

I do have a few complaints about this movie. 1. when the girls got to the Kishi's house the very first time, they knocked on the door. In the books, they went right in and up the stairs past Jeanne's room. Did anybody else catch that? 2. somebody already mentioned this but ROSEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHAROLETTE. Didn't the writers read the book before they made this movie?

I thought the actress(well most of them) were so cute. The girl who played Stacey(april 3rd is her birthday like mine) is beautiful but i haven't seen her before. The girl who played the shy and sensitive MaryAnne was also a cutie but haven't seen her before. The girl who played Dawn,I've seen her in 10 things i hate about you. I can't believe how young she looked. I gave it a 10.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

I liked it once I stopped hating it.

Author: ZoeBean from OR
20 September 2002

When I first saw this movie, I wanted to run far, far away. The cheese! The corniness! The horror! But years later, I have come to appreciate it. Everyone who's familiar with the BSC will definitely watch this movie looking for any discrepancies from the series, and discrepancies abound. As for the actresses who play the Baby-Sitters? Well, one's wearing a wig, another is way older than the others, and one just seemed like a bad casting choice altogether. And as for the plot? Kristy's dad coming to town and everything involving that was a real downer. Plus, the Stacey/Luka thing (despite the fact that Luka is HOT!) was just WEIRD. The best parts in the movie were those involving the play group. What also saves this movie is its hidden talent(s) -- look for Kyla Pratt, Scarlett Pomers ("I've been to the moon!"), Larisa Oleynik, Rachael Leigh Cook, Marla Sokoloff, and Austin O'Brien. So all in all I've chosen to look past the cheese and realize that this movie is just a G-rated romp about friendship that really isn't a waste of your afternoon to watch. 7 stars out of 10.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay...I know...

Author: Jusenkyo_no_Pikachu from Cyberspace
10 March 2002

Okay, so maybe I am a 17-year-old guy now. That never stopped me from Liking The Baby-sitters Club and I only stopped reading the books because my mother didn't want me to.

I still haven't popped out of the phase, and I occasionally go back to read the books.

When I saw the movie appear, I wanted to go accompany a friend to see it (she was only 7).

Anyhow, I missed my chance there and didn't get to see the film until it appeared on Showtime down here (a year after it was released on video).

I still found it appealing. Mainly thanks to the park bench scene between Stacey, Luka and Rosie (I always thought Stacey was Charlotte Johanssen's favourite...)

Basically the Club of the title is holding a playgroup (I now scare you by saying it sounds like book #7) except there is a perturbed neighbour who threatens the club, and Kristy's father demands that she spends more time with him while letting nobody else know of his existence in Stoneybrook.

On top of that, Claudia has summer school, Mary Anne is the only person to know the truth about Kristy and Alan Gray (stupid jerky dweeb extraordinaire) is trying to date Dawn using tips from Logan. And diabetic Anastasia Elizabeth McGill is in love with a guy four years her senior.

That's pretty much the books done for you

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Hardly Oscar-winning but fair

Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland
12 April 2004

I used to read the books when I was around nine years old so it was quite nostalgic moment for me catching this film one morning. Unlike the lacklustre series, this was quite a nice portrayal of the books and the child actors were able to bring the characters to life.

The plot is easy enough to follow, even for those who have never read the books before, and the film would probably appeal very much to young girls who are at an age when they have a hundred best friends. But I don't think anyone older than twelve (with the exception of the teenage and twenty-something former fans of the book!) would be very interested other than to reminisce on that innocent, childish period when life revolved around homework, best friends and relishing in the freedom of the summer hols.

One thing, however, that struck me while watching the film. It did remind me how ridiculous the whole concept of eleven- and thirteen-year-olds forming a babysitting group was. At that age, I'd be hiring a babysitter for *them* since they're as young as the kids they babysit!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Cute, some good acting, good plot

Author: indiewastelander from West Virginia
9 September 2001

For some people who take their kids to see this movie, they say it's cute, and it is. But some of the acting was just poor. Sissy Spacek's daugter was all right, her best work was the scene at the rainy carnival. Larisa Olenik and Rachel Leigh Cook were my favorite. Ellen Burstyn even had a small role. But the other actresses were just poor. But the teen actors were good, like Austin O' Brien. I didn't read many of the books, but I watched the old series, and I'm not saying that it was better, but it was just like the movie.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Corny But Pleasant

Author: utgard14 from USA
5 June 2014

My only knowledge of "The Baby-Sitters Club" book series was that I used to see it in the Scholastic ads when I was a kid. I have no idea how faithful this movie is to the books. I gotta admit I found myself mocking a lot of this movie, as it is definitely made from corn. But I remind myself that I am not part of the demographic this was made for and try to be fair. If you can suppress your grown-up cynicism for awhile, it's actually pretty cute. The girls are all fun to watch and seem to enjoy being in the movie. Marla Sokoloff is a great little villainess. Rachel Leigh Cook would go on to be the most famous of any of the Club girls. She's "all that" here, too.

Some of the girls have little subplots. One girl has boy problems with the kid from Last Action Hero. The lead girl has daddy issues due to her absentee father showing back up. Another girl has diabetes and talks about it like it's leprosy and she's deathly afraid of telling her new Swiss boyfriend about it. He's a dork, by the way. But my favorite is the girl who is worried about flunking summer school and whines about it every chance she gets. Her friends reassure her that they will help her study and everything will be fine. This leads to the movie's highlight, a hilarious scene where the girls perform the most epic rap song ever to help her. It has to be seen to be believed.

I found myself liking this movie more as it went on. It's easy to dismiss it as fluff, and I guess it is, but it's enjoyable fluff. The actors, young and old, are decent. The direction is a little flat and the whole thing kind of looks like a made-for-TV movie but I liked it anyway. I think little kids might like it most or perhaps people who grew up in the '90s and are nostalgic about it.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Fun Time Had by All

Author: Jeremy Tempest from USA
6 June 2003

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TBC is a riot a minute! I've never read the books, but I saw this movie when I was 13 and I was in love with all of the girls in it. The storylines in it are perfect for adolescents. The movie abstains from boredom with some entertaining and hilarious scenes and comments, and the overall cheesiness of the film is endearing in a way. The storyline between Luca and Stacey is magic, and very funny.(SPOILER) At the end of the film, she says that next summer she'll be 14, and he says, "I know." It is absolutely gut-splitting fun. Watchable for all ages of movie fans, and afficionados of every genre and niche of movies. 8 out of 10.

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tween girls friendships

Author: SnoopyStyle
3 November 2016

Kristy Thomas (Schuyler Fisk) is the founding member of The Baby-Sitters Club with her six friends. Stacey McGill (Bre Blair) is a former NYC girl who falls for older boy Luca and has medical issues. Mary Anne Spier (Rachael Leigh Cook) is the quiet best friend. Dawn Schafer (Larisa Oleynik) is a Californian environmentalist. Claudia Kishi (Tricia Joe) is handy. Mallory Pike (Stacy Linn Ramsower) is the writer. Jessi Ramsey (Zelda Harris) is a dancer. With their busy summer babysitting season coming, Kristy decides to keep everybody together by opening a backyard summer camp. The girls face family issues, boy issues, summer school, and an annoyed neighbor about the ruckus.

This is a fine tween girls film with a few notable young actresses. Their relationships are appealing although there is too much personal drama going on. It's a bit overstuffed. It should have stayed only with the summer camp more than the personal melodrama. This is good for little girls but unlikely to work outside of its intended target audience.

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Adorably Stereotypically 90's

Author: italianredneckgirl from paradise
13 April 2015

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Watching this flick with my 11yo daughter wasn't really the experience I had hoped for. I remember watching this movie with my oldest daughter, now soon to be 23,and feeling like the cool, hip mom. But today, I just feel old. The clothing, the attitudes, the stereotypes. Ugh My 11yo daughter isn't really am 11yo. She's more like an old, kindred spirit. She enjoys movies with a believable story. Apparently, this TBT movie didn't quite cut it for her. Honestly, she just kept flashing me that sidelong look she had perfected by age 3,thanks to her sister, 11 years her senior. I kept waiting for her to get lost in the story, chuckle at the adorable story lines, but, well I'm still waiting. Needless to say, reading the books won't be appearing on her agenda any time soon. The only thing I really noticed was that the girls weren't that much older than their charges. And, each had a back-story that really didn't have anything to do with the plot. Aside from getting a glimpse at Peter Horton (Thirtysomething). But this flick came out after he'd hacked of his gorgeous tresses. So, no love there. As my daughter put it, "ummmm, you know that could never happen, right? " Sigh, yeah, I know.

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