• Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee

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: Children , Drama

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

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Los Angeles, Competition, Family, 2000s, Rivalry, Emotional, Rise, Friendship, Inspiring, School

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 70
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 88
    Wesley MorrisBoston Globe

    All the gears, in fact, are shamelessly visible, yet they lock smoothly and resonantly into place. If Akeelah and the Bee is a generic, well-oiled commercial contraption, it is the first to credibly dramatize the plight of a truly gifted, poor black child. show more

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