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Akeelah and the Bee

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Akeelah anderson is an 11 year old girl from south L.A. With a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother, akeelah enters various spelling contests. She is tutored by her principal and local residents. When she qualifies for the national spelling bee, the neighborhood is united by the little girl.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202703415
UPC 031398200017
UPC 14 00031398200017
Format DVD
Release Date 1/5/2010
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Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Fishburne,Laurence
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Name Doug Atchison
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Angela Bassett - Actor
Curtis Armstrong - Actor
David Mullen - Cinematographer
Doug Atchison - Director
Doug Atchison - Writer
Glenn Farr - Editor
Keke Palmer - Actor
Laurence Fishburne - Producer
Laurence Fishburne - Actor
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
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Review That seemingly inexhaustible new movie subgenre, the spelling bee drama, receives its most conventionally uplifting treatment yet in "Akeelah and the Bee." Framed around the relationship between an underdog word whiz and her tough-lovin' coach, this earnest weepie plays like "The Karate Kid" with a pro-literacy agenda, pushing all the right emotional buttons yet hitting quite a few wrong ones in the process. Overly calculated yet undeniably potent crowd-pleasing elements...Well-lensed in and around Los Angeles by M. David Mullen, with some occasional if conspicuous handheld camerawork...Aaron Zigman's musical score offers conventional but relatively discreet support.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 9
Review Spelling is hot. In the popular imagination, at least, if not necessarily in reality, kids who can master the intricacies of the English language are superstars. The 2002 documentary Spellbound followed teenagers on the way to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., and it was a box-office hit and an Academy Award Nominee. In 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee racked up six Tony nominations, including Best Musical, winning another two awards. Last fall, David Siegel and Scott McGehee brought Myla Goldberg's bestselling Bee Season to the big screen. Akeelah and the Bee, an engaging story of a little girl who learns to dream big, is the latest drama hoping to spell its way to success.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Fishburne,Laurence
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs way up.
Jim Ridley, Dallas Observer A sweet-natured, immensely likable family film
Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly ...this feel-gooder revels in its hip-to-be-square hyperliteracy...

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