Over the past few days I have been forcing myself to watch the Disney Channel Original Movie (or D-COM if you will) Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, starring Wizards of Waverly Place’s Jennifer Stone. I finally finished last night.
Lindsay’s Grade: F-
The problem with this movie was that it sucked. The acting was terrible, the story was stupid, and I never once believed in any of it.
I had high hopes for this movie, because I really love Jennifer Stone. Or at least I love Harper on WoWP. Also, I adore Harriet the Spy – the book and the movie starring Michelle Trachtenberg from the 90s. Who didn’t adore that movie? It was awesome. I should go buy it. Actually I think I like the 90s movie even more than the book.
Back to Blog Wars. The acting. Every character grated on my nerves. The only character I actually liked was Beth Ellen. The girl who played her did so in a manner that worked really well with who Beth Ellen is. As for Jennifer, who played Harriet, …. I hated Harriet. Harriet had no redeeming qualities. I know that Harriet does some crappy stuff, but you always forgive her because she has an air of innocence and doesn’t really understand that her observations may sting. But this Harriet just acted like poor me poor me, and there was no part of her that was likeable. Like I said, I was super surprised that Jennifer Stone couldn’t bring her own loveable tweak to the part. A shame really. Golly, the nanny, and Harriet’s parents were pretty bad too. Although I do have to say that Disney Channel has a hard time portraying adults as anything other than ridiculous. Can anybody think of an example of a DCOM movie where this is not the case?
(Spoilers, although I doubt anybody would actually like to watch this movie)
And the plot. In the 90s movie, Harriet loses her notebook, which her classmates find and then hate her for. It’s not Harriet’s fault because it was in her own private notebook, not meant for anybody else’s eyes. In Blog Wars, Harriet’s observations were written on her class’s blog, which is on the freakin’ internet. So we’re supposed to believe that the evil girl is the one who took that information from the blog and posted it on the internet that can be accessed by everyone and not just the class. This is just so stupid on so many levels. The observations spread on the internet were that of a famous teen actor. So of course everyone’s going to freak out about that. Disney’s acting like it was a horrid reaction. It’s so not! That’s what would happen in the real world! And it would be the original poster’s fault! Not the one who spread it! It’s like friggin’ facebook – if you don’t want it to be known, don’t put it there for anybody to see.
Oh well. Maybe someday Nickelodeon will do a remake of the 90s movie. I’m trying to think of someone that’d be good as Harriet. Hmm. I’m not up on the 10-12 year old actresses. Maybe Dakota Fanning’s little sister? She was really good in Phoebe in Wonderland.
That’s all for BEDA Day 1 for me folks!
<3, Lindsay Folkmann
P.S. A picture of my new kitchen! I’m moving right now! Hooray!
P.P.S. Another thing that irked me about Harriet the Spy. The only two colors they put her in were red and blue. Mostly red. Blue for school, red for everything else. It was ridiculous. She was spying on an actor wearing bright bright gouge your eyes out red. Come on!