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PG| 1 hr. 52 min.

Plot Summary
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. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah doesn't give up on her goal. 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.

Cast: Laurence Fishburne , Angela Bassett , Keke Palmer , Curtis Armstrong , Tzi Ma , Lee Thompson Young , Dalia Phillips , Craig Wasson

Director: Doug Atchison

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Release Date: April 28th, 2006|1 hr. 52 min.

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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Akeelah and the Bee connects where it counts most, on an emotional level. Only a curmudgeon could watch this feisty but vulnerable youngster rack up victories against all odds without tearing up. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    You could be cynical about the first movie produced by the coffee colossus Starbucks. But there's nothing cynical about Akeelah's story of courage and determination. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In its final act, Akeelah is as exciting as any Final Four matchup. What it may lack in cinematic art it compensates for in abecedarian adrenaline guaranteed to pump the pulse and the spirits of viewers from 10 to 90. show more

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