As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers. Akeelah's bee friends, Javier J. Characters lie to protect loved ones and must make amends. There were many teaching moments and of course we enjoyed rooting for Akeelah! An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson Palmer , a precocious eleven-year old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. We're watching this in class, and I wish we were actually doing classwork instead of watching it, that's how bad it is.
Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson Keke Palmer is both bored by her classes at Crenshaw Middle School, a struggling institution in South Los Angeles,. I liked that his movie was a drama and not a cartoon, or comedy for kids. Kudos to the producers and the acting cast. Backed by her mother, brother, and neighbors, Akeelah fights her way to the national spotlight, along the way learning a little something about c-o-m-m-u-n-i-t-y. And as effective, satisfying, funny and moving as the rest of this movie is, the national spelling bee climax delivers extraordinarily beyond expectations. Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming, writer-director Doug Atchison's underdog tale revolves around an indifferent student who blossoms after heeding the siren call of competitive spelling. I was surprised at how my 5 year old boy who is in Pre-K and is dying to learn how to read was captivated by the story.
Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Welch Armstrong and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. In one key scene, she reaches out to help a boy once considered her enemy, and he returns the favor. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations.
Wish there were more family films like this one. This sets the stage for several key events that follow, but it's a rare painful moment in a movie that's otherwise so warm, appealing and thoroughly irresistable--a feel-good movie of such a high order that I almost hate to risk giving even the slightest impression of, uh, dissing it by labeling it with that slightly pejorative term. She also must get past Dr. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Larabee Fishburne , her principal Mr. Why are these important character strengths? However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win.
These things made me uncomfortable at first but there were some very positive messages and good karma. He solicits the help of his imposing friend Dr. He always scold his son about winning. It's the big issues it touches on ever so lightly such as cooperation and love, dreams and hard work. KeKe Palmer, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne- you are a complete unit.
It soon becomes apparent that if Akeelah has any intention of entering the national spelling bee championships in Washington, D. Akeelah doesn't quite trust this interloper, and is disinclined to give up what she understands as her individuality to accommodate him. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Storyline: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. Larabee Fishburne , her principal Mr.
Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Valid only for option purchased. Akeelah's family is struggling in many ways. Additional themes include courage, self-control, and perseverance. In a couple of scenes, a mother and daughter argue. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Join your children for a viewing, and don't be surprised if they show more enthusiasm about their spelling homework. Her older sister is a teen mom, and her older brother is on the cusp of gang life. Exposition or Introduction- The part that Akeelah got the paper with the grade of 100% B. But when watching Akeelah move up, expand her horizons, develop her self-esteem and energize her community in a montage sequence that completes Hillary Clinton's much-misunderstood statement about it taking a village to raise a child; here it works in reverse as well , I doubt that you'll be picking apart her creator's work for too long! Not that Akeelah and the Bee can exactly be accused of originality, mind you; you'll definitely find traces and echoes of Rocky, The Karate Kid, The Bad News Bears, Cool Runnings, Whale Rider and many, many more, but it's obvious from early on that writer-director Doug Atchison is working from his heart rather than a checklist. Joshua Larabee decides to coach her all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.
Our school is reflective of some of the same demographics associated with the movie- many students were inspired to learn new words. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Need I say more, or will you just fill in the plot points without disappointment because all the strings and stops are pulled from her initial resistance to a slight twist on a tired formulaic ending? The power of a community to rally together and help one of their own find success is shown throughout the movie. Promotional value expires Dec 2, 2018. Our family watched it last night and loved it. We both enjoyed it immensely, and got completely caught up in the drama of the competition. Along the way witness the importance of studying etymology and even using mnemonic devices.
. Meanwhile, Tanya feels intimidated when she finds the contests are dominated by children from wealthy families and privileged backgrounds, and argues that the competition may not be in Akeelah's best interest, believing instead that homework should be the one and only priority in Akeelah's life. The father of Akeelah's biggest rival is an unsympathetic man who overworks and browbeats his son, which in turn causes him to bully the other competitors. Enter a kindly white principal who wants her to join the spelling bee contest and crusty professor Larabee Laurence Fishburne , who was a champ and now will coach her for the national bee. The whole Kenwood High School viewed your movie and discussed various character traits that were associated with the movie.