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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. »

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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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Why Is Akeelah and the Bee Rated PG?


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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