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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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The Secret Life of Bees is rated PG-13: or thematic material and some violence.

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah,
Studio: 2008 Twentieth Century Fox
Website: Official site for The Secret Life of Bees.

Detailed Review

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