"I want to replicate my own DNA and win the Nobel Prize!"
- Janie (VANESSA LEE CHESTER)
"I want to play more baseball games than Cal Ripken Jr. and get filthy rich doing it!"
- Sport (GREGORY SMITH)
"I want to see the whole world and write everything down!"
- Harriet (MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG)
USA Today - 07/10/1996
"...This spunky movie takes daring detours all the time..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 07/19/1996
"...WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE for pre-adolescents....The glee and neurotic terror of a kid lurching into adult consciousness..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 07/15/1996
"...A sweet-natured morality tale....Trachtenberg is fresh and natural....Her interactions with O'Donnell, who lends her character the right balance of eccentricity and maturity, are particularly enjoyable..."
New York Times - 07/10/1996
"...[Trachtenberg] gives a performance that is endearing..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/10/1996
"...A smart-kid movie, with big lessons and even some subtlety..."
Eleven-year-old Harriet's (Michelle Trachtenberg) obsession for observation is well-chronicled in her most treasured possession: a notebook marked "Private," in which she collects her frequently unflattering--though accurate--thoughts about those around her. When her classmates discover her penchant for "spying," however, they're anything but amused. Adapted from the 1964 book by Louise Fitzhugh.
The film adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh's bestselling children's novel, about Harriet, an independent, intelligent girl whose aspiration to become a writer ultimately lands her in some very hot water... Encouraged by her sharp nanny, Harriet secretly begins writing about her observations of the world around her. This includes VERY candid (and often uncomplimentary) things about her schoolmates and buddies, including her two best friends. But Harriet's life is turned upside-down when classmates find her treasured notebook and read it aloud for everyone to hear. Feeling insulted and betrayed, the kids then retaliate against Harriet in the cruelest of ways. The young writer, now hated, isolated and embarrassed, must find a way to rebound from this unenviable situation.
Based On A Novel |
Campus Life |
Coming Of Age |
Family (General) |
Released theatrically in the USA July 10, 1996.
Film debut for child actress Michelle Trachtenberg.
Feature film debut for director Bronwen Hughes.
Produced in association with Nickelodeon Movies.
"Harriet the Spy" was author Louise Fitzhugh's first novel, published in 1964. It's sequel, "The Long Secret" was published in 1965.