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?
The final word spelled by Dylan is logorrhea. This is the winning word from the documentary Spellbound
(2002) which tracks several participants in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bell in 1999. See more
Akeelah's principal talks about her competing against schools in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills in the district finals. This would be impossible, as these communities are not part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. See more
So whoever wins the school bee today, gets to represent Crenshaw at the district bee next month.
Why would anybody want to represent a school where they can't even put doors on the toilet stalls?
Akeelah, if we can't show students can perform were not going to have money for books let alone bathroom doors.
Now I want you to do the bee today, okay?
So everyone can call me a freak and a brainiac? No I ain't down for no spelling bee.
Well, maybe you'd be down for spending the rest...
References The Powerpuff Girls
Written by Thom Bell
(as Thomas Bell) and Linda Creed
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