With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
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This movie was so freaking entertaining, for all the wrong reasons. Some of the dialogue and performances were so cheesy to me that it almost felt like they were bordering on campy at times. Hilarious. "This is all starting to sound really heavy.""It is heavy. Spelling-bees are serious shit!" Cracked me up hard
A feel-good sport movie with both a heart and a message that towers over most of the films in it's genre. Triggered by a likable leading actress the movie never really loses it's focus even if it has a predictable ending and loses much steam when the final competition begin. I still found it hard to hate as it give hope even to those of us in soceity that has the worst start in life.