7.3/10
17,391
174 user 95 critic

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

PG | | Drama, Family | 28 April 2006 (USA)
Trailer
2:43 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

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

Director:

Doug Atchison

Writer:

Doug Atchison
12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Venus III (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A dramatic comedy about a transitioning woman who discovers that she's the father of a 14 year old boy.

Director: Eisha Marjara
Stars: Debargo Sanyal, Jamie Mayers, Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A family movie which follows the life of a real otter and its adventures in the wild.

Director: David Cobham
Stars: Peter Bennett, Edward Underdown, Brenda Cavendish
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A troubled girl finds faith, hope, and healing through a relationship with a wounded horse.

Director: David de Vos
Stars: Mandy Grace, Devan Key, Donna Rusch
The Longshots (2008)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.

Director: Fred Durst
Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith
Tapestry I (2019)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Tapestry is the story of a man (Stephen Baldwin) in the midst of a heavy personal and spiritual crisis. Aided by his Father (Burt Young), and his family, he embarks on a personal journey that will forever change him.

Director: Ken Kushner
Stars: Tina Louise, Stephen Baldwin, Burt Young
Jump In! (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    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
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Lily's life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her friends to spend the summer on a remote ranch with her nature-loving aunt. Convinced her social life is over, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Elizabeth James
Stars: Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Madeline Carroll
Freaky Friday (2003)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon
Sky High (2005)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano
Lincoln Heights (2006–2009)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A family moves to a crime-filled area of the heights and tries to help the community and the convicts living there.

Stars: Russell Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard
Holes (2003)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight
True Jackson, VP (2008–2011)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    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
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keke Palmer ... Akeelah
Laurence Fishburne ... Dr. Larabee
Angela Bassett ... Tanya
Curtis Armstrong ... Mr. Welch
J.R. Villarreal ... Javier (as JR Villarreal)
Sean Michael Afable ... Dylan
Sahara Ware Sahara Ware ... Georgia (as Sahara Garey)
Lee Thompson Young ... Devon
Julito McCullum ... Terrence
Erica Hubbard ... Kiana
Eddie Steeples ... Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips ... Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma ... Mr. Chiu
Jeris Poindexter ... Steve (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Sara Niemietz ... Polly
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 | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A som i Akeelah See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,011,585, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$18,848,430

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,948,425
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Terrence: Man, that's a white word if I ever heard one. It's a trick. Stop playing!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 2007 Camie Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
I've rated this feel-good fable higher than I would otherwise...
31 July 2009 | by MrGKBSee all my reviews

...for two reasons: one, it features a lovely, nuanced performance from a young actor, Keke "The Wool Cap" Palmer, who will most definitely be a performer to watch over the next several decades, and two, it reunites Lawrence "The Matrix" Fishburne and Angela "The Score" Bassett in roles decidedly different from those they played in "What's Love Got to Do With It?" Beyond that, I'm sorry to say, "Akeelah and the Bee" is pretty much Movie-of-the-Week manipulative and as formulaic as a WWF match. Clichés and stereotypes abound, and even the ending is straight out of the feel-good "everyone's a winner!" playbook (and don't get me started on the absurdly easy word that pops up for Akeelah to wrap everything up in glorious, pseudo-ironic fashion). Nonetheless, I still give the film props for its positive message, if not its overtly rose-colored glasses. I still prefer "Spellbound" as a spelling bee drama; there's just as much tension rooting for the success of the contestants, and best of all, they're real people.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 174 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed