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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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How do you feel about the quote Dr. Larabee shared with Akeelah that states: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” What do you think the professor was hoping Akeelah would learn from this piece of wisdom? Did this insight help the young girl unlock the potential within her? As she begins to work hard, how does her success affect herself, her family, her community and her teachers?

How did Javier feel about participating in the spelling bee? What were Dylan’s motivations? How did their attitudes affect Akeelah? Does the spirit of competition always need to be about one winner and many losers? What did Dylan teach Akeelah about finding the satisfaction of coming in first?

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