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THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB 20th Anniversary Reunion Super Special

Our favorite baby-sitters got together for a magical 20th anniversary screening.

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB 20th Anniversary Reunion Super Special

As I sit down to write this recap, my mind is still reeling and my heart is still EXPLODING from one incredible night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. I'm more hyper than Jackie Rodowsky, y'all!

So obviously, I'm a huge BSC fan. I was at the right age when the first book came out, and I read them religiously all the way up through #60, Mary Anne's Makeover. (Mary Anne was my favorite, so that seemed like a fitting note to go out on.) When the film adaptation was released in 1995, I was heading into my junior year of high school, which means I was probably a little too old to be SO EXCITED about it, but there's no shame here on FYA, so okay, yeah, I was STOKED. I even bought one of those movie picture books at the mall bookstore so I could obsess over photos of the cast in advance.

Fast forward 20 years, and a mutual friend introduces me to Schuyler Fisk, who lives here in Austin and played Kristy in the film. She was dying to get the gang together again, and I was all too eager to abuse my power utilize my Alamo position to make it happen. One thing led to another, and all of a sudden, we had the following people confirmed to attend: Schuyler, Melanie Mayron (director), Rachael Leigh Cook (Mary Anne), Larisa Oleynik (Dawn), Stacey Ramsower (Mallory), Bre Blair (Stacey) and Marla Sokoloff (Cokie Mason). WHAT.

(Side note: I had trouble tracking down Zelda Harris [Jessi] and Tricia Joe [Claudia], thus their regrettable absence. But that just means we have to do this again, right?)

Here's the truth: getting these girls together was one of the easiest things I've ever done for the Alamo, because they were all over the moon at the idea of reuniting. What I'm saying is, they are all STILL FRIENDS. When they met up at the airport, they all started hugging each other and freaking out and AHHHH I'm gonna cry just thinking about it.

Speaking of tears, there were quite a few shed last night by everyone, not just Rachael Leigh Cook:

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

There were also tons of laughs and secrets shared. You guys, it was basically like a big ole slumber party in Claudia's room.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

We learned that Bre Blair was only 14 when she had to kiss Christian Oliver (Luca), who was TWENTY-THREE. After Melanie asked her to reshoot the kissing scene, Bre burst into tears, so they never reshot it. Also-- if this isn't perfectly BSC I don't know what is-- Bre got her first period on set (while wearing those white shorts from the hiking scene! The horror!) and some of the other girls gave her tampon advice! I CAN'T EVEN.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

There was apparently a lot of hair trauma occurring on set, except in the case of Rachael, who before the film jokingly declared, "Get ready to watch an entire movie of my hair nailing it!". Larisa had to wear clip-on extensions, Schuyler had her hair dyed brown so often that it eventually became black, and Stacey had to go back to 6th grade with her hair dyed red and permed. (The fact that it was for a movie did nothing to soften her classmates' judgement.)

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

While everyone (but Marla) agreed that Cokie had the best wardrobe, Bre confessed that she bought several of Larisa's Dawn outfits after the film wrapped and still has, to this day, her jean vest. Schuyler kept her "The Boss" hat, natch.

In addition to the Q&A, it was a blast just getting to watch the movie with these gals. They laughed, they cheered, they totally quoted lines! Larisa still remembers most of the lyrics to the rap, which, btw, Schuyler choreographed. And Larisa kept yelling, "KRISTY'S DAAAAAAAD" every time Peter Horton came on screen, because now that everyone's older, we all realize what a hottie Kristy had for a father.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

But honestly, the best part of the whole night was-- and here's where I'm gonna go straight-cheese-- how much this movie still means to these women, and how much they mean to each other. We've had the pleasure of hosting a lot of great reunions at the Alamo, but I've never born witness to one that was so genuine and absolutely bursting with love and respect. The Baby-Sitters Club movie is a wonderful testament to female friendship because it was made by females who were (and are) truly and deeply friends.

And being able to watch all of this magic unfold with some of my favorite female friends, the ATX FYA Book Club, only added to all of the feels coursing through my system.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

Melanie told a story about the day she ran into Lena Dunham on the street, and Lena immediately exclaimed something like, "You directed one of my favorite movies! The Baby-Sitters Club is a super important film in my life." After last night, I hope Melanie and the cast realize that a whole lot of other people feel the same way.

Photo Credit: Heather Kennedy

FRIENDS FOREVER!

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).