Akeelah and the Bee Poster

Release Date: April 28th, 2006

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

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: Family, Drama

Production Co: Spelling Bee Productions Inc., 2929 Productions, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Lionsgate Films, Out of the Blue... Entertainment

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

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  • Keke Palmer, a young Chicago actress whose first role was as Queen Latifah's niece in "Barbershop 2," becomes an important young star with this movie. It puts her in Dakota Fanning and Thora Cross territory, and there's something about her poise and self-possession that hints she will grow up to be a considerable actress. show more

  • Effectively anchoring the picture is Keke Palmer's lovely lead performance as Akeelah Anderson. show more

  • 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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