• The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

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The Secret Life of Bees

Release Date: October 17th, 2008

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2009

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Haunted by memories of her late mother and abused by her father (Paul Bettany), 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) runs away with her friend and caregiver Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) to the South Carolina town that holds the key to her mother's past. There, Lily meets the Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo), who take her in and teach her about beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna. Lily also discovers that the truth about her mother is closer than she thinks.

Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Nate Parker, Mack Wilds, Hilarie Burton

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Donners' Company, Overbrook Entertainment

Distributors: Fox

Keywords: Small town, Sister, Father, Growing up, Underdog, Heartwarming, 1960s, Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire. show more

  • 70
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    An affecting ensemble piece that's destined to generate a fair share of awards-season buzz. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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