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.
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.
Shot on location in Toronto and Florida.
Copyright 1996 Paramount Pictures.
"...This spunky movie takes daring detours all the time..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 07/10/1996 USA Today, p.8D
"...WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE for pre-adolescents....The glee and neurotic terror of a kid lurching into adult consciousness..." -- Rating: B+ - 07/19/1996 Entertainment Weekly, pp.58-9
"...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..." - 07/15/1996 Variety
"...[Trachtenberg] gives a performance that is endearing..." - 07/10/1996 New York Times, p.C11
"...A smart-kid movie, with big lessons and even some subtlety..." - 07/10/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F4