Akeelah and the Bee Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1660

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 113

Theatrical Release Date: 04/28/2006

Language: English

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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Rating of
1.5/4

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.

Rating of
2.5/4

PsychoKing1227 - wrote on 04/12/2010

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

Rating of
3/4

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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