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Certificate 12A
Keke Palmer
Laurence Fishburne
Angela Bassett
Curtis Armstrong
Doug Atchison
Doug Atchison
Running Time
113 minutes

Akeelah And The Bee
Predictable but sweet kids movie about spelling.

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Akeelah And The Bee

Eleven year-old African-American Akeelah (Palmer) thinks spelling is uncool until she starts to win spelling bee competitions. A grieving professor, Dr. Larabee (Fishburne), helps train her for the national finals, but conflicts with her overworked mother threaten to interfere

There’s charm in this simple underdog tale, but clunky plotting and characterisation mean it has ‘telemovie’ written all over it. You’d be better off renting Spellbound instead.

Reviewed by Anna Smith

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