Harriet M. Welsch is probably the world's most accomplished
11-year-old spy. Harriet dreams of being a writer, and her
nanny and best friend Golly told her to start by writing down
everything she sees. It's all in good fun until Harriet's
friends find her secret spy notebook. They don't like what
Harriet's written. And they don't like Harriet that much,
either. Can Harriet win back her friends, or is she doomed
to be an outsider, a rejected writer and forgotten spy?...
a film Harriet
never seems sure of where it is going. There seem to be too
many false starts and in truth this feels like a collection
of short stories. There is Harriet the attention seeker, whose
parents are distant and she bonds with her nanny instead;
Then there is Harriet the bitch, when it is revealed that
her spy notebook is full of nasty comments about her fellow
pupils and friends; And finally we are shown Harriet the success.
this doesn't work as well as it should do and so the audience
is left unsure as to whether Harriet is a likeable character
or not. Another problem is the fact that the title is way
off! Harriet the Spy? Surely Harriet the Writer
or Harriet the Observer would have been a better title.
Okay, maybe not as sexy, but then people who buy this expecting
a mini James Bond are going to be a little annoyed.
the acting is faultless, especially from the children, there
is just not enough to keep kids watching for the duration.
Where is the mystery, the action, the adventure... the story?
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