Jeffrey Blitz directed this documentary about eight teenagers in their quest to win the National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C. every year. The movie has a running time of one hour and thirty-seven minutes. It is rated G, and stars a cast of children, and adults all playing themselves. In 1999 the children work really hard, and practice every day, to win each ones regional championship. The parents and teachers are interviewed, showing how they worked hard with the children to achieve their goals. The Scripps Howard newspaper has sponsored the spelling bee contest every spring since 1925. The contests are held in grade schools all over the United States. The children are shown in many contests, both winning and losing. In 1999 ten million children competed in the spelling bee. Slowly the group dwindles down from over 250 contestants, as the words get harder and harder. The children are documented on their habits of study and how they feel about it all. They come from all social demographics. The families are brought in as well to give their views on the contest. There are two contestants with single parents and three of the children come from other countries. All of the children are unique, and very talented. It really shows a unique spin on the American dream. A father of one of the immigrant children even states that hard work brings success in America. The competition is intense, as children spell words that one might have never heard before. In the end a victor will walk away with a hefty 10,000-dollar prize. Who knew there was so much involved? Coaches and tutors help children prepare. Many of the children come from difficult backgrounds, and the dream of such a reward will mean much for their families. Self determination for most of the children is shown clearly by the amount of time and effort they spend in devotion to achieving the ultimate goal, winning the National Spelling Bee.