Saturday, February 13, 2010

Harriet the Spy (movie)

In 1996, Nickoledeon made a movie starring Michelle Trachtenberg as Harriet and Rosie O'Donnell as Ole Golly.  And I sat down to watch it after listening to the book. This is a fairly accurate and a good representation of the book.  There are a few chances here and there, the biggest being that after Harriet's friends start their club and spill paint on her (instead of ink) she gets back at them in various ways like posting an embarrassing picture of Sport and messing up one of Janie's experiments.  She does some mean stuff in the book, but not quite like in the movie.  And Golly comes back instead of just writing to her.  But the tone is right and Michelle Trachtenberg does such an excellent job of portraying Harriet.

Side note: I've heard that Disney is doing a new version with Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place and I just cannot fathom that.  She is way too old to play Harriet and I think it is going to be awful.

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