Akeelah And The Bee (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2006.  Out of the Blue… Entertainment, Reactor Films, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Lions Gate Films, 2929 Productions, Starbucks Entertainment.  Screenplay by Doug Atchison.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Young Akeelah is growing up in a poor suburb of Los Angeles and having a hard time fitting in. Her older sister is a teenage mother, her older brother is in the air force and her younger brother is constantly in trouble with the law, giving her overworked single mother () little breathing room for herself. Akeelah deals with her misfit feelings by skipping school constantly, despite the fact that she is an ace at spelling and gets perfect grades regardless of her participation in class. When her school decides to enter the national spelling bee championship for the first time, her ambitious principal convinces her to study with a coach () and work towards becoming the next winner at the finals in Washington, DC. While the film treads very familiar ground (the bettering-yourself-out-of-your-bad-neighbourhood genre never seems to go out of style), it all seems fresh thanks to good writing and some very fine performances. Most impressive is young , adorably spunky and heartbreakingly sympathetic as the little heroine who eventually represents all of our dreams. A real charmer.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. tonyalehman says:

    I agree that this movie is charming, and inspiring! Thanks for the review!

    1. henryjames77 says:

      Thanks for visiting!

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