Akeelah and the Bee

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"Changing the world... one word at a time."
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.4  (21,565)
  • 72

Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 dramatic film that revolves around the life of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old African-American girl who is gifted in spelling. The movie depicts her struggles and victories as she prepares for the National Spelling Bee competitions. The story is set in impoverished Crenshaw, Los Angeles, where Akeelah lives in a tense atmosphere. Her father is deceased, and her mother is struggling to raise three children alone. Akeelah battles with self-doubt, and her school's principal, Mr. Welch, thinks she has a bad attitude that holds her back. After Akeelah wins the school spelling bee, Mr. Welch sees her potential and arranges for her to meet Dr. Larabee, a strict but caring coach who is a former spelling bee champion.

Under Dr. Larabee's mentorship, Akeelah hones her talent and develops confidence. With the help of her coach, Akeelah overcomes her fears and prepares for the regional spelling bee. Despite the jealousy shown by her classmates, Akeelah triumphs, earning her a spot in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

As the competition and pressure mount, Akeelah discovers the support and encouragement of her family and community. Her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), finally understands the importance of her daughter's passion and provides her the necessary support. Her brother, Devon (Lee Thompson Young), reveals an unexpected talent that offers Akeelah a chance to be proud of her brother, and her neighbors, including her love interest, Javier (JR Villarreal), rally together, forming a cheering squad to accompany her on her trip to Washington.

The movie is a beautifully crafted celebration of Akeelah's spirit and the power of determination. The script is heartwarming, emphasizing the importance of education and the support of family and community. The storytelling is authentic, and the actors, including Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Larabee, are stellar, playing their roles with depth and sincerity. Keke Palmer's portrayal of Akeelah is heart-touching and convincing.

Akeelah and the Bee's sound and visuals are also noteworthy, with a soundtrack that features hip-hop and classical music, and the stunning cinematography of the Los Angeles landscape.

The movie's message is universal, highlighting the importance of hard work, perseverance, family love, and community support. It is a film that reminds viewers that no matter the circumstances, anyone can achieve great success. In the words of Dr. Larabee, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

In conclusion, Akeelah and the Bee is a must-watch film for everyone, from kids to adults. It is a story of hope, encouragement, and motivation that inspires viewers to tap into their hidden potential and go for their dreams.

Overall, the film Akeelah and the Bee is a spellbinding story of a young girl's journey towards self-discovery, and her community rallying behind her to achieve greatness.

Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 72.

Akeelah and the Bee
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    1 hr 52 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (21,565)
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