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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

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

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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,011,585, 30 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,811,135, 16 July 2006
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Trivia

Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million. See more »

Goofs

When Akeelah and her friends in Woodland Hills spell "euphoric" and "psoriasis", they tell her that she should study Latin. However, both of these words come from Greek. See more »

Quotes

Akeelah: I'm naturally inquisitive.
Dr. Larabee: Yes, which is also sometimes confused with being naturally obnoxious.
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Connections

Referenced in 2007 Camie Awards (2007) See more »

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Effervescent
(1978)
Written by Bootsy Collins
Performed by Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Bootzilla Productions Inc.
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A true work of art!!!!!!
30 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Akeelah and the Bee is a great movie for the family. It's long overdue to see a movie about the African-American community that does not center around pimps, rapping or drugs in any way. I don't say this without reservation. As a African American aspiring actor, I realize that those are the parts that are written about and for us. That what makes this movie special, it shows that we as a people can rally behind a good cause. I can only hope that I will one day have the opportunity to showcase my talent in a feature such as this. The young actress portraying the title character is a great find. I can see she will be around for quite a while. Lawrence Fishborne did a wonderful job with this film. He became more than just a talent, but a wonderful producer as well. Be sure to catch this on DVD!!!

A Must see for all!!!!!


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