Harriet the Spy Reviews
We start off with a girl whose hobby is to sneak around watching people in secret through their window. You may see it as a fly on the wall, I see it as creepy and inappropriate behaviour.
I understand the idea here is she's supposed to be seeing how people go about their lives, but you can do that without invading privacy and breaking any laws. I kept waiting or her to be solving a mystery and therefore having some point in spying other than to be a nosey kid.
Then, she writes what she sees in a notebook marked private, because of course that won't make anyone curious. We find out later, however, all her observations are negative and in some cases simply rude. Even those regarding her friends.
When her classmates discover this they ALL turn on her! What happens next is in turn a child version of Stephen King's 'Carrie' only instead of pigs blood it's blue paint. It's horrible to watch and to see her parents and teacher not only not helping but in a lot of cases making a bad situation worse.
Then they suddenly wrap everything up in a happy ending....no one learns much of anything other than to see the positive in people....she still spies on people but less like a jerk. None of the bullies really learned anything and the adults are still oblivious idiots! So the end.
Movie as a movie didn't capture me, at least not until I made a game of spotting the boom mic. But my daughter loved it and David loved it as a kid so I'm guessing I simply missed the demographic on this one.
Golly: I bet your parents are thinking (mocking Harriet's mother) Harriet! Listen to what golly says to you!