Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson is a smart, plucky heroine dealing with real-life issues--she wants and needs to express her gifts but feels that an unsupportive school, a rough family life, and her impoverished neighborhood are dragging her down. She also must get past Dr. Embracing the conventions that make so many other genre films feel stale, Akeelah torques them slightly too. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Akeelah develops new friendships but very importantly she does not forget or neglect the friendship she had with a girl before the contest.
Not that Akeelah and the Bee can exactly be accused of originality, mind you; you'll definitely find traces and echoes of Rocky, The Karate Kid, The Bad News Bears, Cool Runnings, Whale Rider and many, many more, but it's obvious from early on that writer-director Doug Atchison is working from his heart rather than a checklist. Promotional value expires Dec 2, 2018. Even more importantly, the film kicked off a great discussion about friendship and what it means to be a good friend. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. She gets unexpected help from Dr. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr.
She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. Stereotypes of blacks and Asians are expressed. Akeelah, for her part, deals with this through understandable but not always necessary disobedience. Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson Palmer , a precocious eleven-year old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words.
Her mother largely ignores her, her brother runs with gangs, and her father is dead, leaving the young girl to find plenty of trouble. Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson Keke Palmer is both bored by her classes at Crenshaw Middle School, a struggling institution in South Los Angeles,. . Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
We're watching this in class, and I wish we were actually doing classwork instead of watching it, that's how bad it is. A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. She won the national spelling bee. Akeelah learns to appreciate her family and neighbors, and opens up enough to make new friends along the way. In large part, the film's delights have to do with Palmer's winning performance, most apparent in one-on-one scenes with Tanya or Larabee.
Our family watched it last night and loved it. He always scold his son about winning. Welch Armstrong and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences.
But for my 8yo and husband we loved this and will be watching it again. Along the way witness the importance of studying etymology and even using mnemonic devices. Larabee, however, points out that her notion of independence is only conformity. Great movie, but it contains inappropriate language. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. There's a cliche every 5 seconds and it's insanely cringe worthy at almost all moments, it's not even remotely realistic, how do people like this? Valid only for option purchased.
It was the best movie we've seen in ages. All four of us were sitting on the edge of our seats until the end. She also must get past Dr. The father of Akeelah's biggest rival is an unsympathetic man who overworks and browbeats his son, which in turn causes him to bully the other competitors. This marks the first onscreen reunion of Bassett and Fishburne since their Academy Award-nommed performances as Ike Turner and Tina Turner in Brian Gibson's 1993 biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
A great movie for the whole family, I recommend this film for mature 9's and up. Meanwhile, Tanya feels intimidated when she finds the contests are dominated by children from wealthy families and privileged backgrounds, and argues that the competition may not be in Akeelah's best interest, believing instead that homework should be the one and only priority in Akeelah's life. Larabee Fishburne , her principal Mr. KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne- you are a complete unit. This movie had all of us on the edge of our seats at the very end. Ticket value includes all fees.
Anderson explains that her husband, with whom Akeelah was very close, was shot when the little girl was six in an act of random violence. A related theme is coping with loss; a couple of sad conversations recall the deaths of loved ones one by gun violence, another by disease , and divorce. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Larabee helps Akeelah embrace her identity and pushes her to do her best, though his methods can be stern at times. Akeelah and The Bee is another film that garners my top rating: entertaining and enriching.