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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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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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A som i Akeelah  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$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

When Javier is giving the play-by-play for the Scrabble game at his birthday party, after the word "funnel" is played, he says "Akeelah is in the lead by 12 points." The "12" is noticeably overdubbed; Javier's lips appear to be saying "seven." See more »

Quotes

Akeelah: [Javier has just kissed her] Why'd you do that?
Javier: I had an impulse. Are you gonna sue me for sexual harassment?
[pause, then they both laugh]
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Definition of Love
Written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III), Terry Lewis and Big Jim Wright (as James Q. Wright)
Performed by Deborah Cox
Additional vocals by Keke Palmer (as KeKe Palmer), Michelle Williams, Shalea Frazier & Place Called Home Choir (as A Place Called Home Choir)
Produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Big Jim Wright (as James "Big Jim" Wright) for Flyte Tyme Productions,
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A Lesson in Life for all Ages !!
22 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This morning a saw a screening of "Akeelah and the Bee". I am 55 years of age and will be sending movie tickets to both my daughters age 24 and 26 so they can cry as did. What a wonderful family movie....... I thought they stopped making movies like this many years ago. This movie instilled the fact their is hope in the movie industry. Take your friends and definitely your family. It will bring you all together and even show adults that we can still all learn lessons in life!! This movie will definitely be added to my DVD collection once it is released. I recommend this movie to everyone!!

Murray David Collins


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