Among the spelling words in the film are: prestidigitation, ambidextrous, pterodactyl, pulchritude, pastiche, xanthosis, cabalistic, soliterraneous, grandiloquent, catastasis, endentulous, quinquevir, bioluminescent, objugatory, kookaburra, effervescible, quiddity, pyrophanous, mountebank, numismatics, arboriculture, argillaceous, serpiginous, and logorrhea.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Akeelah and Dylan each almost intentionally lose the Bee so the other can win. That would have been an expensive decision. The real life 2005 National Spelling Bee winner, Anurag Kashyap, took home $30,000 in cash and prizes. The runner-up received only a fraction as much.