Harriet the Spy

1996

Comedy / Drama / Family

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 9418

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
June 30, 2020 at 12:28 PM

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Cast

Michelle Trachtenberg as Harriet M. Welsch
Eartha Kitt as Agatha K. Plummer
Gregory Smith as Sport
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English 2.0
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1 hr 41 min
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1 hr 41 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BeyondRosebud 10 / 10

A Film that never talks down to kids

I saw Harriet the Spy when it first came out and bought the video about a year ago. I had read the book back in the early eighties in the fifth grade and had never forgotten it. I always thought that it would make a good film (along with the Narnia tales and A Wrinkle in Time). The book was very engrossing and seemed a lot smarter and less condescending than some of the other books that wound up on school library 'recommended' lists.

The movie contains the same wit and utter lack of condescension, making it a rarity in the world of tweenage cinema.

Michelle Trachtenberg is very good. Her innate charisma and complete chemistry with Rosie o'Donnell make for perfect casting. Ms. O'Donnell herself shows once again how well she can carry off playing these quiet nurturing roles. (for another good performance by Rosie, see also Wide Awake)

Harriet seems like a typical albeit intelligent kid. Her friends are like real friends: they can be there for you and they can turn on you if they themselves feel under attack. This defense/offense posture is typical in a child's world. and that's what's great about Harriet the Spy. You never feel that the film is talking down to its audience or trying to present the child world in such a sweetened watered-down way so as to placate adults. Harriet and her friends have their little quirks. there's also the other kids who have wierdnesses about them that if we try hard we can all relate to. For instance, there exists in every classroom a perfect Teacher's Pet like Marion Hawthorne. There is also a Pinky Whitehead and a boy with purple socks. (probably me back then haha) the important thing is that the movie accepts their world without whitewashing or judging them for it. Those posters who felt that the movie was juvenile must understand that it WAS written for children. That doesn't however mean that adults should avoid it. It contains several themes that can be discussed and understood by anyone: Coping with school, Coping with Growing Up, Trouble with peers and miscommunication and isolation with parents and peers alike.

As i said earlier, The character of Harriet was well thought-out. They could've done a little better fleshing out the character of Janie. If i remember correctly, she had a somewhat larger role in the book. But they actually improved on Sport's role.

Some people have complained that the movie is disjointed and at times unrealistic. Well, try and think back to when you were eleven. wasn't the world somewhat surreal and disjointed? The movie is from The subjective lens of Harriet's minds-eye, an eye that see things with more than a little wit and imagination. Think back...then you'll get it.

Reviewed by mikel weisser 9 / 10

near perfect kiddie film has killer insights in soul of writing

with the possible exception of irvin kershner's 1966 adaptation of elliot baker's a fine madness, i don't i've seen a better translation of a book about writing into a film. sure we think of louise fitzhugh's harriet trilogy (harriet the spy, the long secret, and sport) as being about the the comic adventures of a little girl and her friends in nyc and they are; but the heart of harriet's writerly spirit comes shining through in bronwen hughes film of douglas petrie's fairly literal, and literate, adaption. there is a period update which makes some of the book's innocence play a little quaint and the kid movie necessary rapid edit kiddie silliness that saps some of the seriousness without actually attaining the levity it seeks; but by and large the film is worth taking any kid over 8 to and anyone who has ever seriously thought of writing, or even just felt a longing to express and accepted. PS the rosie odonnell billing is way over valued. Michelle Trachtenberg,as Harriet, more than ably carries the film, especially considering she was only 11 at the time.

Reviewed by orangehorizon26 8 / 10

A quirky, nostalgic movie

I remember watching this movie when I was little back in the late 90s. I barely remembered it, but a few scenes were floating around in my memories. After watching it again recently, I have to say it's a great movie. The story of a young girl who spies on people with her secret notebook is a funny one. And things get more crazy once her secrets are revealed. It also stars Rosie O'Donnell as Harriet's nanny in what is a great performance too. There are certain movies from the 90s that are special because of their natural, quirky vibe, and this movie is full of it. I'd recommend watching this movie. It's funny, entertaining, and something to remember fondly years later.

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