Akeelah and the Bee

2006, Kids & family/Drama, 1h 52m

141 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett. Read critic reviews

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Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah doesn't give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.

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  • Jul 14, 2011
    G-R-E-A-T, great! totally original, dramatic, and acts like a real movie. this is a smart and a real charmer of a family movie! easily one of the best films of 06. A+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2011
    I just love this movie. It is intelligent, vibrant, inspirational, captivating, and most of all moving. I would seriously recommend this picture to anyone especially to those who is just self obsessed watching action pictures. "Akeelah And The Bee" isn't just about a famous self obesessed spelling competition, the film digs deeper into the lives of Akeelah(played brilliantly by Keke Palmer) and the people who she meets and learns lessons from. This is a great movie and one of the best films I have seen.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2011
    Very inspiring. However, I don't really think that the storyline was great. It was just okay, as well as the acting. It was very predictable, too. My favorite for this would be Dylan Chiu (Sean Michael Afable). He gave me and my female classmates butterflies. He's good-looking. Overall, a little above average.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    The best thing about this little flick is prolly the acting. But it's also a rousing inspirational film.
    Jonathan G Super Reviewer

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