I just finished watching Akeelah and the Bee with the family. This is a great family film in the classic vain of The Karate Kid or Rocky – with words instead of fighting! The basic plot folows a young girl from a very difficult background in South Los Angeles trying to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The performances from the main kids are great and along with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, the cast is very solid. This is a very positive feel-good story with all of the right messages for children including: it is ok to be a geek, family is more than your blood relations, anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it, everyone learns in different ways, and everyone grieves in different ways. Yes this is all of the clichés you would expect to find in a film like this but in a world where films are about killing or being killed by snakes on planes, this is a refreshing respite. Besides, now I will always remember how to spell pulchritude and xanthosis.

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