With the help of a former university professor (Laurence Fishburne), a young girl named Akeelah (Keke Palmer) begins to develop her unusual talent for spelling. But when she starts competing in various bees, she discovers her gift is also affecting the lives of her family, friends, fellow competitors, teachers and the residents of the inner-city neighborhood she calls home.
Why Is Akeelah and the Bee Rated PG?
Akeelah and the Bee is rated PG for some language
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In this heartwarming story about reaching your potential, the character of Akeelah is faced with many obstacles including grief from the loss of a parent, living with financial constraints, a lack of desire to work hard and some bullies at school. Set in an underprivileged neighborhood, the script includes mentions of problems with gangs and violent crimes, unwed mothers, and one moderate as well as a few mild profanities are used. Akeelah decides to lie to her mother, but later faces some consequences for her choice. A sorrowing character is seen drinking what may be an alcoholic beverage, while another is shown smoking. A young boy and girl exchange brief kisses, and an adult character wears some low-cut clothes. The pressure and expectations of participation in a spelling competition are depicted.
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Inspire all aspiring students with the DVD release of Akeelah and the Bee. This almost letter-perfect movie comes to the home video market with deleted scenes, a gag reel, and Keke Palmer0x2019s All My Girlz music video. As well, there are three featurettes: The Making of Akeelah and the Bee, Doug & Keke: Two Peas In a Pod, and Inside the Mind of Akeelah. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital), with subtitles in English and Spanish.