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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  28 April 2006 (USA)
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A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

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Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Changing the world... one word at a time.

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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A som i Akeelah  »

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$6,011,585 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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$18,811,135 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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The first film to be produced by Starbucks Coffee. See more »

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Akeelah watches the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN right before her school's event on April 14th. The Scripps event is held in late May or early June and ESPN usually does not broadcast old competitions. See more »

Quotes

Akeelah: Okay. But when I'm at the bee, and they tell me to spell some little fish from Australia or some weird bacteria on the moon, we're going to wish we'd done a little bit more "rotemorizing" and not so much essay reading. If you don't mind me saying.
Dr. Larabee: Bacteria don't exist on the moon.
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Wake Up Everybody
(1975)
Written by Victor Carstarphen (as Victor Leon Carstarphen), Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Great story for the entire family!
18 February 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Just saw a packed screening at the Pan African Film Festival. There were so many people there that some had to be turned away. The best parts were the interactions between the characters of Akeelah and Javier, a young Mexican boy who comes from an affluent family. Their friendship and team work in helping each other do their best in the Spelling Bee is a great example for young black and browns here in Los Angeles, especially with all the racial fighting in the schools and prisons.

It's a good movie for everyone to see, especially if you're a word freak like me.


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