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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

 -  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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$6,011,585 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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$18,811,135 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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Trivia

George Hornedo, who plays Roman, also served as an unofficial consultant as he was a former National Spelling Bee finalist himself. 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: 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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Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009) See more »

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Rubberband Man
(1976)
Written by Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell) and Linda Creed
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Feel Good MOVIE to the tenth POWER!
11 April 2006 | by (AZ) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I was fortunate to see it at the Phx Film Festival and Lawrence Fishburn was at the movie doing a Q&A afterwords. The movie was great. The little 11 year old black girl, Akeelah was amazing and brave. Angela Bassett delivered the goods as the mother. This is the 2nd time she has worked with Lawrence. The best part of the movie was when they were in the garden and talking about Dr. Larabee's wife and daughter. It was also amazing when he was trying to make her concentrate by smashing things and making her jump rope. The scene where the MOM storms into the auditorium was intense also. Of course, BOOGER from REVENGE OF THE NERDS stole the scenes that he was in. He played a normal principal. Very good movie all the way around. Very good.


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