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 <email@example.com>
Changing the world... one word at a time.
28 April 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
A som i Akeelah
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Opening Weekend: $6,011,585
(28 April 2006)
(14 July 2006)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
Among the spelling words in the film are: prestidigitation, ambidextrous, pterodactyl, pulchritude, pastiche, xanthosis, cabalistic, soliterraneous, grandiloquent, catastasis, endentulous, quinquevir, bioluminescent, objugatory, kookaburra, effervescible, quiddity, pyrophanous, mountebank, numismatics, arboriculture, argillaceous, serpiginous, and logorrhea. See more
When Javier is giving the play-by-play for the Scrabble game at his birthday party, after the word "funnel" is played, he says "Akeelah is in the lead by 12 points." The "12" is noticeably overdubbed; Javier's lips appear to be saying "seven." See more
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
[commentating on TV
Several of the kids placed very high in last year's bee, especially Dylan Chiu. He's come in second two years in a row.
Kick his butt, Akeelah! B-U-T-T, butt!
Referenced in Zombie Apocalypse
Whatever It Takes
Written by Patrice Germain
Performed by Frankie
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