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Harriet takes pictures of Sport wearing a skirt, reproduces them with a photocopier and sticks them up around the school, labeling them as "man of the house".

Harriet says that her classmate Carrie thinks she's cool because she spent the summer "growing boobs".

Harriet steals Carrie's bra and hangs it up on the school flagpole.

Harriet's mom wears a low cut dress with her cleavage showing.

Harriet is seen in the bathtub. In one scene she is fully clothed and in another scene she isn't wearing anything.

Golly kisses her boyfriend and holds his hand.

Divorce is mentioned.

Despite the film's G rating, it got away with a lot of violence, profanity and bullying scenes.

Harriet's friends and classmates turn against her and do nasty things to her like chasing her through Toronto and threatening to beat her up. They also dump blue paint all over her.

Harriet's parents yell at her and she yells and swears at them.

Harriet cuts a girl's hair off completely with a pair of scissors.

Harriet tells a girl that her dad goes away on business trips to get away from her because he doesn't love her. Later on, Harriet's parents tell her that the girl has locked herself in the bathroom and won't come out.

Harriet sneaks into a mansion through the dumbwaiter and gets stuck. An old lady says that if it's a rat, they'll have to kill it, when they hear the dumbwaiter squeak.

A maid throws Harriet out of the mansion she trespassed in.

Harriet sees a family in the back of a convenience store, slapping their son and arguing with him.

Harriet sees a young girl on a leash.

A man steals a wallet and runs away, but he trips and falls into a pile of food.

Harriet's parents yell at Golly and fire her.

Many of Jamie's future science plans are very violent and unethical.

Harriet nearly falls two floors down when she climbs up to visit her friends.

Harriet tells a boy who wears purple socks that he should hang himself.

Jamie lets out a stink bomb at the school play and it forces everyone to leave the gym.

"boobs", "crap" and "shit" are said repeatedly.

Harriet tells Marion to shove a notebook up her butt.

A lot of crude humor, burping and fart jokes.

Harriet writes nasty comments about her classmates.

Harriet mentions that every time her parents come home they pour themselves big martinis.

The adults drink wine and smoke cigarettes throughout the film.

The bullying between Harriet and her classmates is very intense.

Harriet argues with her parents, swears, gets depressed and her parents eventually send her to a psychiatrist.

Rated PG for mild language and some thematic elements

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