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She lives with her widowed mother Tanya, her older sister Kiana, her older brothers Devon and Terrence, and her infant niece. Welch suggests that she sign up for the Crenshaw Schoolwide Spelling Bee, which she initially refuses.
Product Description. In conjunction with the release of the newest Disney Channel Original movie Jump In!, Walt Disney Records will release a soundtrack album featuring all-new songs by the movie. Sep 09, · Read Common Sense Media's Akeelah and the Bee review, age rating, and parents guide. Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens. Akeelah and the Bee Movie Review4/4. FULL SYNOPSIS. A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband.
After being threatened for detention for the remaining of the semester, she gives in, enters the spelling bee, and wins. Joshua Larabee, a visiting English professor and Mr. Larabee declines to coach her because she is rude to him.
As a result, Akeelah studies on her own to prepare for the district spelling bee. Although Akeelah misspells her word during the final round of the bee, she qualifies for the regional bee when Kiana catches the other finalist cheating.
Akeelah also meets and befriends Javier Mendez, a year-old Mexican American boy and fellow speller. Javier invites her to join the spelling club at his Woodland Hills middle school.
Contemptuous, he asks her to spell " xanthosis ". When she starts with a "z", he tells her she needs a coach.
At the conclusion of the spelling club meeting, Javier invites Akeelah to his birthday party. At the party, Akeelah nearly beats Dylan in Scrabble.
The boy is reprimanded by his father for nearly losing to "a little black girl". As she finds out about Akeelah going alone to Woodland Hills, she subsequently forbids Akeelah from participating in the upcoming state bee. During the state bee, Tanya comes inside and interrupts her daughter before she can spell her word.
Tanya relents after a side discussion with Dr. Welch, especially giving Akeelah double chores for three months as a punishment for giving it a secret behind her back. Javier protects Akeelah from disqualification by stalling until she can return.
As Christmas approaches, Akeelah goes out to buy Dr. Larabee a present, but when she meets him, he reveals that he is quitting being her coach because she reminds him of his deceased daughter Denise: Instead, he gives Akeelah 5, flashcards to study.
Without her coach, rejected by her best friend Georgia, and feeling the pressure from her neighborhood residents to make them proud, Akeelah loses her motivation.
However, Tanya tells her that if she looked around her, she would realize that she has "50, coaches". Akeelah recruits her family members, classmates, teachers, friends, and neighbor Derrick T to prepare in earnest.
After reuniting with Dr. Larabee, Akeelah goes to Washington, D. Welch, and Devon, unaware that her coach has paid for four of their tickets. Georgia rekindles her friendship with Akeelah after she invites her. During the competition, Akeelah becomes a crowd favorite.
After all the other competitors are eliminated, only Dylan and Akeelah remain. Akeelah attempts to intentionally lose by deliberately misspelling "xanthosis". Dylan, knowing that Akeelah knows this word, intentionally misspells it as well.
Akeelah spells the last word on the list, "pulchritude", and the two are declared co-champions amidst a cheering crowd. Both were attracted by its history; Fishburne said he was "really moved by it", and Bassett "just loved" it. Three hundred girls auditioned for the role of Akeelah in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta,  with Palmer having auditioned five times to get the part.
Fishburne was pleased by the concept of the film, stating he was "really moved by it", so that he accepted to take his part "at an affordable rate", according to producer Michael Romersa.
Atchison pointed Armstrong "was the perfect choice for the school principal. Villarreal as Javier Mendez: Villarreal was chosen by scouts at the Sheraton Hotel in south McAllen to go to the next phase in Dallas.
And also like his charisma, his character, he can always put a smile on your face. Georgia aims lower, but she encourages Akeelah to aim higher. Cross,   and Eddie Steeples as Derrick T.
Also, Larabee had been an older man 72 years oldand a few characters were cut.Akeelah and the Bee, though, is a very clever, well crafted, beautiful movie. It's young but talented cast are admirable, and will have you cheering them on all the way.
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Please note that many leagues (especially youth leagues) consider this very bad sportsmanship. We recently decided to show a movie to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on the last day of school. But when we started brainstorming ideas we had some difficulty coming up with movie titles that (a) the students would like and (b) we thought would be worth showing..
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by Chris Huntley. Akeelah and the Bee is an uplifting, family-oriented film that rises above its “Afternoon Special” subject matter. While treading familiar territory, it dodges most major genre clichés through the creative use of the story’s peripheral characters. Akeelah and the Bee was first shown at the ShoWest on March 14, and later premiered as the opening film at the 30th Cleveland International Film Festival on March On April 20, the film was screened at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, and it had a sneak preview in theaters on April Jensen Ackles was on an episode of Wishbone back in The following year, he guest starred as Brad, aspiring photographer and love interest for Jessica, on Sweet Valley High.
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