The Baby-Sitters Club (film)

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The Baby-Sitters Club
Babysitters club film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMelanie Mayron
Produced byPeter O. Almond
Jane Startz
Marc Abraham
Thomas Bliss
Written byDalene Young
Based onThe Baby-Sitters Club
by Ann M. Martin
Starring
Music byDavid Michael Frank
CinematographyWilly Kurant
Edited byChristopher Greenbury
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 18, 1995 (1995-08-18)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$6.5 million[1]
Box office$9,685,976[2]

The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her feature film directorial debut. It is based on Ann M. Martin’s novel series of the same name and is about one summer in the girls' lives in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. The film was shot in the California cities of Los Angeles, Altadena, and Santa Clarita.

Plot[edit]

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 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 started a new family in California), 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 faces repeating a grade and being forced to drop out of the club.

Stacey has a crush on a 17-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 13 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.

It is Kristy's 13th 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 14 years old when he returns. They share a kiss just before Luca departs.

In return for making Mrs. Haberman's summer so miserable with their summer camp, the girls give the greenhouse to her. Meanwhile, Kristy witnesses a miracle when Jackie Rodowsky hits his first home run, hitting Cokie Mason, who is sitting in a tree nearby, in the process.

Cast[edit]

Box office[edit]

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.[3]

Reception[edit]

The film had mostly positive reviews.[4][5][6][7] It holds a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews with an average rating of 6.2/10.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Baby-Sitters Club: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedAugust 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)
GenrePop rock[9]
Length32:49[9]
LabelSony Wonder/Columbia Records[10]
ProducerCaulfields, Caulfields, Mike Denneen, Jermaine Dupri, David Michael Frank, Richard Gottehrer, Jeffrey Lesser, Paul McKercher, James McVay, Kevin Moloney, Brendan O'Brien, G. Marq Roswell, David Russo, Manuel Seal, Jr., Todd Smallwood, Brad Wood[11]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[9]

The Baby-Sitters Club: Music from the Motion Picture is a soundtrack that was released on August 8, 1995.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from AllMusic.[9]
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Summertime"Moonpools & Caterpillars2:50
2."Say It"Clouds2:11
3."Hannah, I Locked You Out"The Caulfields3:13
4."Let Me Know"Xscape3:42
5."Hold On"Sun 604:40
6."Everything Changes"Matthew Sweet3:50
7."Don't Leave"Ben Lee1:59
8."Step Back"Letters to Cleo2:34
9."Daddy's Girl"Lisa Harlow Stark3:54
10."Girl-Girlfriend"BSC3:56
Total length:32:49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Dan (23 January 1995). "Scholastic Makes The Grade In H'wood".
  2. ^ "The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)". Box Office Mojo. 1995-09-19. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  3. ^ "The Baby-Sitters Club (1995) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  4. ^ Thomas, Kevin (August 18, 1995). "Movie Review : 'Baby-Sitters': 7 Lovely Girls Show Grace Under Pressure". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  5. ^ James, Caryn (August 18, 1995). "The Baby Sitter s Club (1995)". The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Hinson, Hal (August 19, 1995). "The Baby-Sitters Club (PG)". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Guthmann, Edward (August 18, 1995). "Film Review -- `Sitters' Is Clumsy But Sweet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Baby-Sitters Club - Original Soundtrack - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "The Baby-Sitters Club: Music From The Motion Picture". 8 August 1995 – via Amazon.
  11. ^ "Baby-Sitters Club - Original Soundtrack - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.

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