beeBee Season, based on Myla Goldberg's best-selling debut novel of the same name, will be upon us in November. Starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche (which somehow seems an incredibly bizarre couple), the film is a weird combination of adult themes and, um, spelling bees. According to the IMDB, this is what it's about:  "A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion." Of course he does.

While adults-learning-lessons-about-life-through-kids movies are mostly incredibly tiresome and syrupy sweet (hello, Mr Holland's Opus), every once in a while they work. And in spite of grumpy nature, the trailer has me feeling sort of optimistic that Bee Season just might be ok. Yes, there are special effects that seem incredibly intrusive, but maybe in the context of the film, they're less so. And I admit that kids telling their parents they're sick of them in a movie like this is almost always a horrible sign. But the kid who plays the son (Max Minghella) looks phenomenal, and well, I like Richard Gere. There, I said it. I think he's a talented actor, and that he does suffering really well - a collapsing marriage should be perfect for him! Anyway, check it out and see what you think.

[via A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago]