The Baby-Sitters Club (film)
|The Baby-Sitters Club|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Melanie Mayron|
|Produced by||Peter O. Almond
|Written by||Dalene Young|
|Based on||The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin|
Rachael Leigh Cook
Stacy Linn Ramsower
|Music by||David Michael Frank|
|Editing by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||August 18, 1995|
|Running time||85 minutes|
The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 family comedy film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her feature film directorial debut. It is based on The Baby-sitters Club series of novels and is about one summer in the girls' lives in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. The film was shot in Guelph, Ontario.
Kristy Thomas, president of the Baby-Sitters Club, decides to open a day camp for their child clients. Her best friend, Mary Anne Spier, along with Mary Anne's stepsister Dawn Schafer, offer their parents' backyard to serve as the camp site. All of the club members (Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Dawn Schafer, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Mallory Pike, and Jessica "Jessi" Ramsey) vow to keep a close eye out for misbehaving kids.
Meanwhile, Kristy faces problems when she meets her estranged father (who abandoned her family seven years ago), and faces a dilemma about telling her friends and family about this. Mary Anne is the only one she tells of the visit, and she too is under pressure as the curiosity of her friends grows. The girls perform a rap song for Claudia who is stuck in summer school and is forced to retake a test, or face repeating a grade and being forced to drop out of the club.
Stacey McGill has a crush on a seventeen-year-old boy named Luca. As their relationship ensues, she faces problems telling him about her diabetes, and later, her age. This is revealed after a trip to a New York City club, in which a bouncer does not allow her into a club because she is underage. Luca is outraged, unable to believe that Stacey is thirteen years old.
Meanwhile, Dawn must face her neighbor, Mrs. Haberman, who becomes increasingly upset because of the camp activities that are taking place next door. Also, Mallory is in the process of writing her first novel while Jessi continues to dance her way through life and closer to her dream of becoming a professional dancer.
It is Kristy's thirteenth birthday and she has arranged to go to an amusement park with her father. Promising her friends she would make it to her own party, Kristy goes to meet her father, but he does not show up. She begins to walk home until her friends show up in Luca's car after Mary Anne's confession about the return of Kristy's father.
Luca drives the girls back to Mallory's parents' cabin and present Kristy with a half-melted birthday cake. As Stacey is saying goodbye to Luca, he tells her that he will be coming to Stoneybrook again next year. Delighted, Stacey tells him that she will be fourteen years old when he returns. They share a kiss just before Luca departs.
At the end of the movie, the girls, in return for making Mrs. Haberman's summer so miserable with their summer camp, give the greenhouse to her. Meanwhile, Kristy witnesses a miracle when Jackie Rodowsky hits his first home run, hitting Cokie, who is sitting in a tree nearby, in the process.
- Schuyler Fisk as Kristy Thomas
- Bre Blair as Stacey McGill
- Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary Anne Spier
- Larisa Oleynik as Dawn Schafer
- Tricia Joe as Claudia Kishi
- Stacy Linn Ramsower as Mallory Pike
- Zelda Harris as Jessica Ramsey
- Vanessa Zima as Rosie Wilder
- Christian Oliver as Luca
- Brooke Adams as Elizabeth Thomas Brewer
- Bruce Davison as Watson Brewer
- Jessica Needham as Karen Brewer
- Ellen Burstyn as Mrs. Haberman
- Asher Metchik as Jackie Rodowsky
- Austin O'Brien as Logan Bruno
- Marla Sokoloff as Cokie Mason
- Aaron Michael Metchik as Alan Gray
- Kyla Pratt as Becca Ramsey
- Scarlett Pomers as Suzi Barrett
The Baby-Sitters Club was one of two nationwide theatrical releases on the weekend of August 18, 1995. It suffered a disappointing debut, opening in ninth place with $3 million, which placed it a distant second behind the other opener, Mortal Kombat. The total domestic gross was $9.6 million.
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