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Akeelah And The Bee [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villarreal
  • Directors: Doug Atchison
  • Producers: Laurence Fishburne, Sidney Ganis, Nancy Hult Ganis, Daniel Llewelyn, Michael Romersa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3Q9K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Critically-acclaimed drama starring Laurence Fishburne. Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson's (Keke Palmer) life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her and her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee (Fishburne) for the more prestigious regional bee. 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.

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I have been excited to see Akeelah and the Bee for several months now, ever since I saw the first trailer. And perhaps my review is tainted with bias, but I thought this film was great. We have been wanting to see a family film touch us this way for quite some time. This is a film about connection, and proves yet again that casting is key.

I want to say that Fishburne made this movie, and I would, if it weren't for phenom Keke Palmer. Keke as Akeelah stole the limelight from seasoned veterans Laurence Fishburne and playing her mother, Angela Bassett. Bassett did a phenomenal job as well as her overworked, worrisome mother. Fishburne wowed me with his performance as a collegiate professor weighted down with a difficult past; one strikingly similar to Akeelah's path. Others pepper the screen with helpful great acting, including Friday NIGHT LIGHT's Lee Thompson Young and REVENGE OF THE NERDS Curtis Armstrong. And finally surprising performances from Akeelah's friends. The young actors did not overplay their parts like many children; they convince the audience they are just other normal kids that can spell words like djkflhsdufhis.

The film does a great job of painting a picture of the rough neighborhood without going overboard like so many movies do nowadays. It was enough to know her brother ran with a bad crowd, whereas in cliché movies, her brother might have been shot or gotten into drugs. Knowing that this little girl raised to hopes of the entire neighborhood was not unrealistic, either. Many movies have given realistic accounts of East L.A.; this does a great job of showing how bad it is, without showing us how bad it is.

Finally, the drama behind this film comes from its love, its friendship.
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This movie has inspired a little girl to want to read, spell and be just like Akeelah! - as I hoped it would. It even motivates me!
It was worth every cent that it cost!
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Though this film was made in America, the three main child characters are from ethnic backgrounds and echo situations that arise elsewhere, particularly in multicultural Britain (which is my neck of the woods). This would be an important film to be shown in some of the problem schools in cities where low self esteem in the pupils has resulted in bad behaviour and slipped standards. However, a viewing in private and all white schools would also help to improve their opinion of intelligene within the Black community. We should definitely be producing more films with this up-beat message.
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After winning her school spelling bee, Akeelah is something of a reluctant victor and unwilling to draw attention to her abilities in a school which can barely afford textbooks.

The film charts her progress as she is encouraged by her head teacher and the enigmatic Dr. Larabee to go on an be a contestant in the national spelling bee while she deals with personal problems at home. Akeelah lives in a disadvantaged part of Los Angeles and her family is dealing with the death of her father some years past. Given the economic struggles and the harsh reality of life in the ghetto, it's easy to see how winning a spelling competition is viewed in such low regard. The film shows us how Akeelah is torn by the ambition to use her intellect and shine through and the desire to simply fit in with the crowd.

Although it sometimes looks pretty obvious where the film is going and seems to incorporate many of the clichés you expect from an underdog story, the naturalistic performances and the gritty domestics bring it back down to earth and the characters feel real enough for you to care about what happens. Akeelah And The Spelling Bee doesn't shy away from highlighting the social divide created by having communities at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum, issues such as snobbery and racism are present and tackled in a way that doesn't feel forced. The film doesn't go on a crusade, it simply presents a good story in a way which reveals a lot about modern life in America. This probably represents life in the rougher urban areas more accurately than most films, the folk there aren't all tagged with stereotypes, they are people with depth and the same hopes, fears, and capacity achieve their full potential as the rest of us.
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I purchased this DVD as i had named my daughter Akeelah and wanted to see what this DVD was about. Akeelah in the film is shown in a positive light as well as the community that she lives in... i won't go into detail about the film as it will spoil it for you... overall nice film to watch with your children.
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It is brilliant film for those who want to be inspired by hard work, commitment and dedication in achieving what they set out to do...I bought this film on recommendation of watching an English teaching program on vocabulary.
I would highly recommend this film.
David Andrew....Birmingham
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it's the kind of movie you want to see when you need to feel good, and sheer up..
very sweet and the young actress is very good indeed.
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This was such a feel good film that leaves you inspired and filled with joy.
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