Overall Rank: 1660
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 113
Theatrical Release Date: 04/28/2006
Genre: Drama, Family
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Doug Atchison
Actors: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villarreal, Sean Michael
Plot: Despite her mother's lack of understanding and poor environment, a young girl tries her best to win the National Spelling Bee Competition.
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donkeyknight - wrote on 05/02/2011
There are some shining moments (the spelling of the final word, every line delivered by Angela Basset), but overall, there's an over-reliance on one-dimensional stereotypes and an oversimplified plot.
PsychoKing1227 - wrote on 04/12/2010
A sparkling film, though not necessarily the most uplifting nor the film with the best pace.
SmokeScreener - wrote on 05/31/2009
This was a very enjoyable family movie about a young girl from South Central Los Angeles who becomes a neighborhood hero as she earns a spot in the National Spelling Bee. Keke Palmer is delightfully effective as Akeelah, and Angela Bassett hits the right tone as a single-mother struggling to raise her kids. At times, I was reminded of another great movie about a child prodigy, "Searching for Bobby Fischer". Realistic or not, it was sad to see Angela Bassett smoke around Akeelah, especially since there is an infant grand-daughter in the house as well. The film earned a SmokeScreeners Rating of 4 Butts for its depiction of tobacco use. http://tinyurl.com/owc97g
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