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The story of Akeelah Anderson, a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.
Drama - This is an inspirational drama aimed at audiences of all ages.
Children will relate to the story, and parents will appreciate the
positive message. This film is indeed appropriate for the whole
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Roger EbertFull Review Excellent The story of Akeelah's ascent to the finals of the National Spelling Bee makes an uncommonly good movie, entertaining and actually inspirational, and with a few tears along the way.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 103 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! All ages, both male and female, loved "Akeelah and the Bee." With very few opinions below "Excellent," THIS IS A MUST SEE FAMILY FILM!