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Akeelah and the bee

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Lions Gate Home Entertainment,
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A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), who consents to act as her coach A college professor who was a spelling-bee champ as a child, Larabee is a stubborn taskmaster who questions Akeelah's ability and commitment, but in time he develops a respect for his pupil and helps her prove her talent as she climbs the ladder to the National Spelling Bee. 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. It soon becomes apparent that if Akeelah has any intention of entering the national spelling bee championships in Washington, D.C., she will not do so with Tanya's permission or blessing. 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Grouping Title akeelah and the bee
Grouping Author lionsgate
Grouping Category movie
Last Grouping Update 2019-03-20 23:35:14PM
Last Indexed 2019-03-24 02:35:01AM

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auth_author2 Atchison, Doug., Bassett, Angela., Fishburne, Larry., Ganis, Sidney., Hult, Nancy., Llewelyn, Daniel., Palmer, Keke., Romersa, Michael.
author2-role 2929 Productions (Firm)., Atchison, Doug.|Screenwriter, Bassett, Angela.|Actor, Cinema Gypsy Productions., Fishburne, Larry.|Production personnel, Ganis, Sidney.|Production personnel, Hult, Nancy.|Production personnel, Lionsgate (Firm)., Llewelyn, Daniel.|Production personnel, Out of the Blue Entertainment (Firm)., Palmer, Keke.|Actor, Reactor Films., Romersa, Michael.|Production personnel, Starbucks Entertainment (Firm).
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display_description 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. She is a smart girl, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah decides to participate 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 Dr. Larabee, an English professor, 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. First Akeelah has to overcome her insecurities, her distracting home life, and the knowledge that there is a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
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publishDate 2006
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subject_facet Children's films, Feature films, Films for the hearing impaired, Melodrama, American, School children -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama, Self-esteem in children -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama, Spelling bees -- Drama
title_display Akeelah and the bee
title_full Akeelah and the bee [videorecording] / Lionsgate, 2929 Productions and Starbucks Entertainment present an Out of the Blue Entertainment and Reactor Films production in association with Cinema Gypsy Productions, Inc. ; produced by Laurence Fishburne, Sidney Ganis, Nancy Hult, Daniel Llewelyn, Michael Romersa ; written and directed by Doug Atchison
title_short Akeelah and the bee
topic_facet Children's films, Feature films, Films for the hearing impaired, Melodrama, American, School children, Self-esteem in children, Spelling bees
upc 031398195962, 031398197805