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The Secret Life of Bees

Runaway Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) thinks she has found the sweet life when she and her friend Rosaleen Daise (Jennifer Hudson) take refuge with three sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo) who operate a honey business. But a white girl living with the black family in 1964 South Carolina soon draws attention and the fourteen-year-old finds herself facing the sting of racial prejudice, as well as revisiting the bitterness of her past. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 17 Oct 2008
Video Release: 03 Feb 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Another young girl yearns to know about the mother she never knew in the movie Because of Winn Dixie. As unlikely as it first appears, the home of two elderly bachelor uncles proves to be a safe harbor for a boy deserted by his mother in Secondhand Lions. The injustices of racial prejudice are also depicted in the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird.

Home Video Extra Features

The Secret Life of Bees buzzes onto DVD in wide screen with a whole hive of bonus materials. These include: the theatrical cut of the film, a Director’s Extended Cut, eight deleted scenes, two audio commentaries (one with director/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood, producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Joe Pichirallo, and actors Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, the other with director/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood and editor Terilyn Shropshire) and featurettes (The World Premiere, The Women And Men Of The Secret Life Of Bees, Bringing The Secret Life of Bees To The Big Screen and Inside The Pink House With Sue Monk Kidd). Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English), and Stereo (Spanish), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

The Secret Life of Bees is also releasing to Blu-ray, with all of the aforementioned extras. The film is presented in wide screen format on a 50GB dual-layer disc authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression with 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (French / Spanish).This edition of the film offers an extra featurette, Beekeeping 101.

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