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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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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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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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George Hornedo, who plays Roman, also served as an unofficial consultant as he was a former National Spelling Bee finalist himself. See more »

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During the Crenshaw Middle School spelling bee they say Akeelah is in 8th grade, but after Akeelah wins the regional spelling bee the reporter says she is in 7th grade. See more »

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Akeelah: I'm naturally inquisitive.
Dr. Larabee: Yes, which is also sometimes confused with being naturally obnoxious.
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Let Your Baby Go
Written by Jamey Jazz (as Jamey Jaz) and Rhona Bennett
Performed by 'Erica Rivera'
Courtesy of Music Line/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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A "One of a Million" Film indeed!
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Akeelah and the Bee was a film in which not only inspired me as an individual, but specifically a young Black male individual. Finally, a film in which Black males running around shooting guns and sexing/ mistreating women. A film in which shows a young Black girl coming from an urban neighborhood, raised by a single mother, but still motivated and inspired to use her gift of spelling to the highest degree. During my time watching this film: my emotions were overwhelmed with a sense of positive energy in which inspired me to be motivated to continue doing my best in life: not settling for excuses for where I grew up, the failures I encountered and taking every bit of my negative past to strengthen my positive future. Finally a film where an African American student is demonstrated as brilliant and intelligent!


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