Akeelah And The Bee

Synopsis: 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. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. 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. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Doug Atchison
Production: Lionsgate Releasing
  12 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

So whoever wins

the schooI bee today

gets to represent Crenshaw

at the district bee

- next month.

- Why wouId anybody want

to represents a schooI that can't even

put doors on the toiIet staIIs?

AkeeIah, if we can't show

our students can perform,

we're not going to have money for books,

Iet aIone bathroom doors.

Now, I want you to do

the bee today, aII right?

So everybody can caII me

a freak and a brainiac?

No, I ain't down

for no speIIing bee.

WeII, maybe you'd be "down" for spending

the rest of the semester

in detention

for aII of your absences.

I'd Iike to weIcome you aII

to Crenshaw's first schooIwide

speIIing bee.

We have some very speciaI students

competing today,

so Iet's give them aII

a round of appIause.


Okay, we drew numbers to see

who wouId go first,

and that's Chuckie Johnson

from the eighth grade.

Hey hey hey, Chuckie


Mr. WeIch, I have a question

about the basketbaII nets.


You need to pay attention.

Now, we're gonna start things off

with "groveI."

GraveI, Iike IittIe rocks?

No, groveI Iike

get down

on your knees and groveI.

Get down on my knees?


Just speII the word.

Uh, G-R...

A- V-E-L.

No, Chuckie, you speIIed graveI.

I meant groveI:

You weren't Iistening.

I'm sorry, Chuckie.

- Who cares?

- Okay, next up,

AkeeIah Anderson.

Oh, you go, girI!

AkeeIah, your word is "doubt."

- Doubt.

- D-O-U-B-T.

I'm sorry, AkeeIah,

you have to speak up.

D- O-U-B-T.

Very good.

Next, CaIvin Baker...

P- L-A-S-I-D.


I'm sorry,

it's P-L-A-C-I-D.

Okay, AkeeIah,

if you get this word

you wiII be the winner.


- Fan-

- F-A-N-C-I-F-U-L.

- GirI:

- That is correct,

and you have won Crenshaw's

inauguraI speIIing bee.



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Doug Atchison

Doug Atchison is an American motion picture director and screenwriter. He received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship for Akeelah and the Bee in 2006.After winning the Nicholl Fellowship, former ICM superagent Lou Pitt guided Doug's screenplay into production in partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment, and Starbucks Productions. Akeelah and the Bee went on to become a critical and modest commercial success. In 2006, Atchison entered into a three-picture deal with The Weinstein Company. It was reported in 2012 that Atchison is attached to direct a movie about the hockey player Derek Sanderson.Atchison graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. more…

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