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Akeelah and the Bee

children & family, drama

Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), from south Los Angeles, has a talent for words. In spite of the objections of her mother Wanda (Angela Bassett), Keke enters a spelling contest.

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- Neil Smith, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Precious movie. One of the BEST that I've seen in a very long time.

- crazydannielle16, Tuesday, May 22, 2007

3 stars

A very heartfelt film with an excellent performance by Lawrence Fishburne whilst Keke Palmer was very watchable as young Akeelah, who pursues her dream of competing in the national Spelling Bee! It was funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

- xxdebxx, Monday, August 2, 2010

3 stars

Opts to coast by on sheer gumption and an eternally optimistic spirit that is all too familiar.

- wbgoose13, Sunday, November 26, 2006