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Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Movie Information

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Drama, Family





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Doug Atchison


Keke Palmer
Laurence Fishburne
Angela Bassett
Curtis Armstrong
J.R. Villarreal
Sean Michael





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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 05/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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.

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PsychoKing1227 04/12/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A sparkling film, though not necessarily the most uplifting nor the film with the best pace.

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SmokeScreener 05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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.

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goodfellamike 10/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Winning, uplifting family drama about the struggle to believe in oneself; Keke Palmer is wonderfully emphatic as Akeelah and the cliches hardly get in the way at all. Final Grade: B+

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