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Akeelah and the Bee

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 112
Theater Release: 27 Apr 2006
Video Release: 28 Aug 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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Akeelah and the Bee is rated PG: for some language

Cast: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett
Studio: 2006 Lions Gate films

Detailed Review

Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) has an unusual gift. Despite skipping classes and neglecting homework, she has an incredible ability to spell words. Encouraged by her teacher (Dalia Phillips) and arm-twisted… 
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Why Is Akeelah and the Bee Rated PG?

In this heartwarming story about reaching your potential, the character of Akeelah is faced with… 
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Talk It Over

How do you feel about the quote Dr. Larabee shared with Akeelah that states: “Our… 
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