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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee
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Keke Palmer Keke Palmer
Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne
Dr. Larabee
Curtis Armstrong Curtis Armstrong
Mr. Welch
Sahara Ware Sahara Ware

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5 years, 3 months ago at Feb 4 14:43
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Cynics have called this film 'predictable,' but I loved it. Touching, character-driven, and inspirational, "Akeelah and the Bee" wins A's from me. It reminds me of when I participated in spelling bees as a child. I was pretty good, but I never made it to the Nationals. To see young Akeelah do so, despite her impoverished background, is very moving.

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11 years, 6 months ago at Nov 4 1:57
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The story of a young girl in South LA, who has a talent for learning to spell, and how she ends up at the National Spelling Bee. The story is heart-warming, and very predictable. Good Will Hunting, for the Junior High set ... only not as engaging or fleshed out. Fishburne and Bassett end up playing such cardboard characters and their talents are not used to their potentials. Sweet, but very fo... read more


6 years, 7 months ago at Sep 29 12:14
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This good movie "Akeelah & the bee" is about an Intelligent and charming, AKEELAH Anderson traces the delicate, courageous process of a little girl's growing up. Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a resolute, self-protecting 11-year-old with a gift for spelling.

After she wins a classwide bee, her principal (Curtis Armstrong) decides she should compete: he wants to promote the school, solicits... read more
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With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Despite discouragement from her mother (Angela Bassett), Akeelah gets support from her bookish tutor (Laurence Fishburne), her principal (Curtis Armstrong) and proud members of her community.
Release date: 28 April 2006
Tags: Drama (11), 2006 (6), Competition (5), School (5), Friendship (4), Spelling (4), 2000s (3), (3), Spelling Bee (3), English (2), Family (2), Death Of Father (2), Coming Of Age (2), Children (About) (1), Mother (1), Kids & Family (1), North America (1), Bee Competition (1), Spelling Bees (1), Dramas (1)
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