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Harriet the Spy

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Bronwen Hughes

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Plot Summary

The first feature film from the Nickelodeon cable channel, Harriet the Spy is an updated version of Louise Fitzhugh's best-selling 1964 children's novel. Sixth grade outcast Harriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) is an only child who has mostly been raised by her nanny, Golly (Rosie O'Donnell), rather than her materialistic parents. Harriet wants to be a writer when she grows up, and only Golly encourages her creative pursuits. Meanwhile, Harriet dons a yellow raincoat and a belt full of gadgets to spy on everyone around her, including her eccentric neighbor with a lot of cats and the other kids at school. Carefully taking notes in her private notebook, Harriet makes clever and cruel observations about her subjects, including her best friends, would-be scientist Janie (Vanessa Lee Chester) and overburdened Sport (Gregory Smith). Harriet's world begins to change when Golly leaves, signaling that it is time for her to grow up. Then a snobby girl a school, Marion, gets her hands on Harriet's special notebook and makes its contents known to the whole school. Soon everyone is against Harriet, and she must concoct a plan to get even.

Credits

  • Producers
    • Debby Beece
    • Nava Levin
    • Julia Pistor
    • Marykay Powell

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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48%
  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Harriet the Spy has real character in some of its details, but it never feels like much more than a low-budget TV show. – Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Fresh and charming, it never plays down to kids. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A very draggy affair because Harriet's exploits are treated like an episodic laundry list. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Harriet the Spy is an intelligent, insightful look at the tribulations of being a creative, misunderstood misfit at age eleven. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Why is this not available to purchase?

This is movie was a very, very large part of my childhood! (The book was great too.) I have seen it too many times to count, and I still love it. I think it teaches a good message to kids. I would've bought this 30 seconds ago, but we can only rent it. I hope to see it available for purchase in the near future!

???? answer me plz

Why cant we buy this movie? i really want to buy it!!

Great. This movie is awesome!

I love this movie so much! I love the book. Thers gonna be a remake soon

Harriet the Spy
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1996

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