[REL] Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

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[REL] Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Postby jwsmith88 » Sat May 02, 2009 1:18 pm  1 likes

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437800/

Eleven year old African-American Akeelah Anderson comes from a working class family living in South Los Angeles. Akeelah is a bright girl, especially when it
comes to words, but finds life at poor Crenshaw Middle School boring and unchallenging, so she doesn't try. But her natural aptitude for words spurs the school
administrators, led by Principal Welch, to convince her to try out for the process of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Akeelah, already feeling isolated from
many in her school because of being perceived as a "brainiac", feels that participating in such will make her feel even more isolated. But her joy in learning
new words at least gets her started in the process. After easily winning the school's spelling bee, she meets and befriends Javier Mendez, a competitor at the
Los Angeles district bee where most of the competitors come from primarily white middle class to wealthy families. There, she learns about the nature of
spelling bee life in all its good and bad, the latter which includes the cutthroat world of competitor parents. An example is Javier's classmate and two time
national runner-up Dylan Chiu, whose father will not settle for second best as Dylan enters the last year he is eligible for the competition. Akeelah learns she
needs a coach, hers to be in the form of former spelling bee competitor and UCLA English Department Chair Dr. Joshua Larabee, who teaches Akeelah not only
the rote memorization of typical spelling bee words, but how to use English in all its glorious facets. Akeelah progresses further and further into spelling bee life
without telling her widowed mother Tanya, who sees the bees as impinging into time in her other school work. Other challenges that Akeelah faces are trying to
balance working on her spelling against time with her friends, and handling the hopes and dreams of all of South Los Angeles on her shoulders. Ultimately there
may be more important things in Akeelah's life than winning the national championship.


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Re: [REL] Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Postby ghost » Sat May 02, 2009 3:08 pm  0 likes

This is a good movie!

Thanks for posting :thumbsup
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Re: [REL] Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Postby FLL » Sun May 03, 2009 8:16 am  0 likes

I agree, I liked this years ago when I saw it. One I figured was already here at FLM, my mistake. I think this was overshadowed and confused by the public in general with "Bee Season" which was similar in theme and was out a little earlier. (And was posted at FLM.)

Thanks jwsmith!

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