Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah and the Bee

DVD - 2009 | Full screen edition
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Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She is a smart girl, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah decides to participate in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from Dr. Larabee, an English professor, for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of. First Akeelah has to overcome her insecurities, her distracting home life, and the knowledge that there is a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.


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May 24, 2019

I'm not sure if this is a true story, but it was extremely well done and was very inspiring. I loved the little girl as Akeelah and I can tell that she will be very successful in her acting career. A perfect blend of drama and education are presented here. Loved Lawrence Fishburn as the spelling coach and although he didn't have a whole lot of lines, Curtis Williams was great as the principal of Akeelah's school. I'd never seen him in a dramatic role before, and he gave a fantastic performance. This movie just goes to show what a lot of hard work and determination will get you.

Apr 10, 2019

I thought this was the bee movie

Oct 15, 2018

Simply wonderful !

LPL_TraciB Jul 14, 2018

This is a family-friendly movie with a message that everyone can appreciate. Akeelah, a young black girl growing up in South Los Angeles, has a lot of obstacles to overcome--getting bullied, her brother is in a gang, her father is dead, and her mother doesn't have time for her, to name a few. Through her persistence, and with the help of her principal who saw something special in her, and a coach, she made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. My favorite part was that her whole community supported her and, and many helped her train for the Bee. Even though this movie was made over 10 years ago, it still holds up and is heart-warming, especially in these divisive times.

Feb 01, 2018

Decent movie. Morpheus is in it!

Apr 10, 2017

An inspiring story that uses the unlikely vehicle of a spelling bee to illustrate a young girl's persistence in growing out of the cramped role supposedly predestined for her. Keke Palmer does a great job in portraying a young girl in South Los Angeles, with an overworked single mom who pays more attention to keeping her younger son out of the gang lifestyle. The mom initially allows her own insecurities to block Keke's progress. Very family-friendly. Its pacing is a bit off, though: Akeelah starts to gain some success, then a cascade of problems arise. Laurence Fishburne's performance is surprisingly flat.

Oct 07, 2015

This was a phenomenal movie!!! I would say this is one of the best movies that I have seen and I hope you will enjoy this movie just as much as I did

Jul 11, 2015

Inspiring and enjoyable to watch Akeelah self-confidence grow. The actors are outstanding!

Aug 17, 2014

Great movie , touching and well done. Good to watch with kids or actually any age group would enjoy it .

May 05, 2014

Growing up, self confidence important lessons. Some cliches, but still very good.

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Feb 01, 2018

Dr. Larabee: Where do you think big words come from?

Akeelah: People with big brains?

Jul 03, 2012

Akeelah: Sorry for dissing you
Coach: I thought we only used words from the dictionary.

Feb 02, 2010

Akeelah: Okay, but when I'm at the bee, and they ask me to spell some little fish from Australia or some weird bacteria from the moon, we're going to wish we'd done a bit more "rote- memorizing" than just reading. If you don't mind me saying

Feb 02, 2010

Akeelah reads: "Our deepest fear is not that we inatequete. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brillaint gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? We are born to make manifest to the grory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsiously give other people power to do the same"


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Jan 15, 2010

Eleven year old Akeelah Anderson is all alone. Her Mother is working constantly, her Father is dead, and her siblings not around home. Akeelah's behaviour has deteriorated, however she is a brilliant student, and is asked to join the school spelling bee. Akeelah reluctantly joins, and wins without difficulty. Akeelah goes in on harder bees...


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Feb 15, 2018

Coarse Language: Some coarse language.

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