Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars (2010)

dir. Ron Oliver

Anyone even vaguely acquainted with Harriet the Spy will immediately wonder what the hell it has to do with blogging. This version ages Harriet up to 16; one would think she’d be over the fairly childish spy games by this age, but ostensibly not. Therefore her “spying” just comes across a lot more like stalking and telling on people. The central conflict is a war over who gets to be the official blogger for the high school class; lower stakes may never yet have been found in a teen movie. There’s a random pop star who of course immediately becomes the love interest, and of course almost immediately forgives any massive betrayals of trust from the protagonist. This film basically proves that the fundamental idea of Harriet the Spy doesn’t really work in a world where everyone posts all their business online anyway.

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