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At Theaters: 10/17/2008 On Video: 2/3/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529912
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Lily Owens is a fourteen-year-old- girl that is still reconciling with the loss of her mother. She goes away with her caretaker, Rosaleen, to South Carolina with no place to live. They end up on the steps of the Boatwright sisters, August, June, and May, house. While building maternal bound with all three of the Boatwright sisters, Lily thinks she has found the home she has always dreamed of. Lily soon finds out that to find home, she first must leave home.

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DETAILED STORYLINE
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama Adventure - This is a period drama aimed at female viewers and family audiences. There is some violent content, but the film is appropriate for older pre-teen viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Queen Latifah MAD MONEY, THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, ARTIC TALE
Dakota Fanning CHARLOTTE'S WEB, DREAMER, WAR OF THE WORLDS
Jennifer Hudson DREAMGIRLS
Alicia Keys THE NANNY DIARIES, SMOKIN' ACES
Sophie Okonedo MARTIAN CHILD, ALEX RIDER: OPERATION STORMBREAKER
Paul Bettany THE DAVINCI CODE, FIREWALL, WIMBLEDON
Nate Parker THE GREAT DEBATERS
Tristan Wilds INDELIBLE, HALF NELSON
Wri/Dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood LOVE AND BASKETBALL
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Production Notes Heading
From Novel To Screenplay
Casting The Secret Life Of Bees
About The Novel
Special Sets
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 6 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits/beatings with some blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good It has the intelligence, craftsmanship, and heart to win over both critics and regular movie-goers.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good I watched the movie, abandoned history and plausibility, and just plain fell for it.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average The Secret Life of Bees walks that sticky line rather adeptly, never getting too sentimental, though it comes dangerously close and has its predictable aspects.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 218 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
131
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 218 moviegoers:
FANTASTIC REVIEWS! Virtually everyone loved "The Secret Life of Bees." This is truly a "MUST SEE MOVIE." DON'T MISS IT!

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Owning and operating a successful bee farm and honey-making business, August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) is the family matriarch running the household with a firm but loving hand with her sisters, the fiercely independent music teacher June (Alicia Keys) and the innocent childlike May (Sophie Okonedo). The Boatwright sisters' lives are disrupted when fourteen year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) and her caretaker Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) appear on their doorstep seeking refuge. After fleeing with Rosaleen to Tiburon, South Carolina, a place surrounded by mystery and a strong connection to Lily's mother, they find shelter at the Boatwright household. Lily is immediately taken under the wing of August Boatwright as her new beekeeping apprentice. There she is given a comfortable place to explore and, for the first time in her life, just be. Lily also discovers joy in the simple pleasures of life through her deepening relationship with the Boatwright sisters and soon comes into her own, determined to enjoy the sweet nectar of life for the first time. As a budding young woman who has left the place she once called home, Lily unexpectedly finds her true home and a family she has always yearned for.
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