Instead of painting them as the enemy, the various participants develop friendship and empathy for one another. As they prepare for the big day, Akeelah find a spelling nemesis in Dylan Chiu Sean Michael , an Asian kid from across the tracks whose overbearing father wants to win more than his son. The relationship between the two spelling experts gets off to a rocky start, but once Akeelah accepts Dr. The language mention of at the beginning was quick and nothing my kid haven't over heard from other adults! But it is in her relationships with other kids that Akeelah is a stand-out in this formula film. Are you gonna sue me for sexual harassment? Kudos to the producers and the acting cast.
Set in an underprivileged neighborhood, the script includes mentions of problems with gangs and violent crimes, unwed mothers, and one moderate as well as a few mild profanities are used. In one key scene, she reaches out to help a boy once considered her enemy, and he returns the favor. And although the most promising candidate, Dylan Chiu Sean Michael , seems determined to win at any cost, deeper motivations and ethics are revealed as the story unfolds. Many scenes, such as her sessions with the bereaved Dr. Not only does that qualify her for an opportunity to participate in a citywide competition and possibly earn a spot at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, it also attracts the attention of Dr. But what, you may ask, is the saving feature of this feel-gooder? She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.
Meanwhile, Akeelah's beleaguered community comes together in support — everyone from hardworking families to neighborhood drug dealers are rooting for their local girl to go all the way to Washington, D. Synopsis: Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. The importance being yourself and not hiding your intelligence -- no matter what bullies might have to say about it -- is shown early on in the film, as Akeelah learns to embrace her profound gift for spelling. Its results I will leave you to discover. An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson Palmer , a precocious eleven-year old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words.
A great movie for the whole family, I recommend this film for mature 9's and up. The movie shows how the traditional classroom setting is flawed, and seems to be at a standstill not allowing for growth or a true learning experience. Akeelah's family is struggling in many ways. My youngest, just turned 7, was engrossed the entire time. I think it was good to see that all children do not grow up with the benefits that they our children have, and that by working hard you can achieve positive outcomes. How does Akeelah's success in Akeelah and the Bee inspire others to feel part of a group, as her spelling becomes a community project? The same can be said for this crowd-pleaser. There, the suspense is palpable despite the certainty of the outcome, and the kind of affectionate, geeky-kid humour that characterised the superior Spellbound edges into the picture.
Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Akeelah Anderson, an eleven year old African American student from the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles, struggles to overcome the limitations of her environment in order to succeed in a national spelling bee competition. Larabee helps Akeelah embrace her identity and pushes her to do her best, though his methods can be stern at times. What did Dylan teach Akeelah about finding the satisfaction of coming in first? The audience loved Akeelah and the Bee at our screening; that's winning in anyone's lexicon.
There were many teaching moments and of course we enjoyed rooting for Akeelah! Her own mother is against her. Need I say more, or will you just fill in the plot points without disappointment because all the strings and stops are pulled from her initial resistance to a slight twist on a tired formulaic ending? For instance, when Akeelah nervously attends her first real meet her fears are creatively conveyed by clever camera work , her anxiety is set to rest by a kind gesture from a boy named Javier J. Yet, no matter how you pick it apart, Doug Atchison's drama is this spring's feel-good movie, with the good feelings coming from rational thoughts, for a change. Home Video The most recent home video release of Akeelah and the Bee movie is August 28, 2006. This almost letter-perfect movie comes to the home video market with deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Keke Palmer0x2019s All My Girlz music video. We both enjoyed it immensely, and got completely caught up in the drama of the competition.
The story had me, and it kept working right up to the end. Akeelah knows how to spell and excel and this is her story. All four of us were sitting on the edge of our seats until the end. Cluster of honey bees were everywhere. There is some foul language and some verbal and physical bullying, but I felt my 9-year-old could handle it.
Akeelah finds her spelling in a particular sort of physical rhythm, tapping out letters on her thigh with her fingers or hearing the letters in her head as she jumps rope. Atchison has crafted a moving, even inspirational winner of a film. But for my 8yo and husband we loved this and will be watching it again. KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne- you are a complete unit. Tanya Anderson has issues after the death of her husband, and values Akeelah's homework above all else, including silly afterschool activities like spelling bees. There is only one person who absolutely must understand what she is doing, and why -- and he does. Her mother Angela Bassett is well-meaning, but simply too busy working to keep a roof over the family's head to pay much attention.