MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 708 this week

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  28 April 2006 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 14,273 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 169 user | 94 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $12.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 06 Oct 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Akeelah and the Bee.

User Polls

12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spelling Bee (2008)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Twenty children compete to spell the name of a furniture retailer.

Directors: Colette Freedman, Jaret Sacrey
Stars: Dink O'Neal, Kaleigh Ryan
True Jackson, VP (2008–2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The adventures of True Jackson, a 15-year-old, who becomes the VP of her favorite fashion company, Mad Style. As she dives deeper into the world of fashion, True must balance the life of a ... See full summary »

Stars: Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively
Jump In! (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenager is pressured by his father to become a boxer - but a local girl introduces him to the very different sport of rope-jumping.

Director: Paul Hoen
Stars: Corbin Bleu, Keke Palmer, David Reivers
The Wool Cap (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The mute superintendent of a ramshackle apartment building, becomes the unwilling guardian of a little girl with an attitude.

Director: Steven Schachter
Stars: William H. Macy, Ned Beatty, Keke Palmer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A socially inept man's amateur porn film wins him a contract with a small-time pornography distribution company, where he faces a series of moral crises and is forced to face his own porn addiction.

Director: Doug Atchison
Stars: Michael DeGood, Craig Wasson, Monique Parent
Joyful Noise (2012)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Director: Todd Graff
Stars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Captures one of today's most original singer-comedians in his natural environment: onstage. You may have seen Lynch's Comedy Central special or heard him on radio shows across the country ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Goodman, Morgan Stone
Stars: Stephen Lynch, Drew Lynch, Mark Teich
Rags (TV Movie 2012)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two worlds collide when a hard working orphan named Charlie Prince bumps into superstar Kadee Worth on the street.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Keke Palmer, Max Schneider, Isaiah Mustafa
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of Legendary hip hop/r&b/pop trio TLC.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Rochelle Aytes, Keke Palmer, Evan Ross
Winx Club: Enchantix (TV Series 2011)
Animation | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Winx have a mission in hand, reaching their final fairy stage. But trouble arises as Valtor escapes from the omega and teams up with the Trix.

Stars: Molly C. Quinn, Amy Gross, Romi Dames
Spelling Bee (TV Movie 2005)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Sue McMahon
Stars: Chris Tarrant, Roger Black, Samantha Bond
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Javier (as JR Villarreal)
...
...
Georgia (as Sahara Garey)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Steve (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
...
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A som i Akeelah  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,811,135 (USA) (14 July 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The filmmakers initially considered Sidney Poitier to play Dr. Larabee before deciding they wanted someone younger, and then selected Laurence Fishburne. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, they state that Akeelah is 11 years old. At the end of the film, even though clearly a whole year has passed, her age is still mentioned to be 11. See more »

Quotes

Akeelah: [quoting Marianne Williamson] Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Dr. Larabee: Does that mean anything to you?
Akeelah: I don't know.
Dr. Larabee: It's written in plain English. What does it mean?
Akeelah:
Dr. Larabee:
Akeelah:
See more »

Connections

Features E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Effervescent
(1978)
Written by Bootsy Collins
Performed by Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Bootzilla Productions Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
I would compare it to 'The Karate Kid' meets 'Finding Forrester'.
10 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 'Akeelah and the Bee' Keke Palmer plays Akeelah Anderson, a bright 11 year old who just wants to fit in. Despite her intelligence, she is not a good student. She is unmotivated and often misses class. Since the death of her father five years ago, she only seems content when she imagines playing Scrabble with him. Nevertheless, her talent for spelling gives her an opportunity to shine.

This is on of the better movies I have seen this year. This heart-warming and inspirational story is about a girl who, despite all the hardships at home, finds a way to utilize her skill at Scrabble. With a little help from her coach (Laurence Fishburne) she not only learns a lot about language, but she learns how to appreciate the environment around her. She finds out that she is rich in ways she did not realize.

It is very difficult to find fault with this movie, there is something in it for everyone (even a few surprises). Both Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne are awesome. I was particularly impressed with Keke Palmer. I would compare it to 'The Karate Kid' meets 'Finding Forrester'.


55 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Keke Or Dakota? integritynrespect
The one reason I responded to this movie... SubiStar
where did u c it? stuart-g
The movie was......... mmb1998
Based off a true story greenemerald10
Could you use it in a song? Coasterfreak10
Discuss Akeelah and the Bee (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page