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Still shot from the movie: The Secret Life of Bees.

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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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.

Do you think it is more difficult to forgive others or to forgive ourselves? Why is forgiveness such a necessary step to overcoming emotional pain and suffering?

August tells Lily that the way you treat bees and the way you treat people are really the same. How do you feel about her four simple rules—don’t be afraid, don’t be an idiot, don’t swat and always send out love? In what ways do you think they could help you to avoid getting stung?

May has a difficult time dealing with sorrow. What strategies do her sisters devise to help her cope with her emotional burdens? From where do August and June draw their strength? How do their examples help Lily and Rosaleen to face their challenges?

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