Akeelah and the Bee [2006] [PG] - 1.2.3

 
 

PLEASE HELP!

Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.



ASSIGNED NUMBERS

Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]


Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

WEB LINKS

» Critics.com
» Official Site
» IMDb Listing


An 11-year-old girl (Keke Palmer) attending an inner-city school where it isn't cool to be a "brainiac," has a knack for spelling. When her principal (Curtis Armstrong) sees her talent, he and a colleague (Laurence Fishburne) try to convince her to participate in a regional spelling bee. Also with Angela Bassett, and J.R. Villarreal. Directed by Doug Atchison. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A boy kisses a girl on the cheek and a girl kisses a boy on the cheek. A girl tells another girl that a boy is "hot." A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two girls threaten and tease another girl, and they shove her and tussle.
 A woman grabs her daughter's arm and yells at her, a man and a woman yell at a girl in several scenes, a woman yells at her son when he is brought home by the police, and a man yells at his son and pressures him about winning a competition.
 We hear that a man was shot to death, and we hear that a girl died from an illness.
 A character says, "I may puke."

PROFANITY 3 - 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms (1 mild), 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, turd juggler).

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol and a woman smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, death of a child, murder, intelligence, not fitting in, winning/losing, confidence, goals, loneliness, grief, parental pressure, socioeconomic differences, inadequacy, living vicariously through your children, separation/divorce, disappointment, publicity, celebrity, sexual harassment, cheating, racism.

MESSAGE - Convincing yourself that you are going to fail is a self-fulfilling prophecy and brings about failure.

Special Keywords: S1 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member


A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.




INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



HOW TO SUPPORT KIDS-IN-MIND

1. 

Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.

2. 

Tell all your friends: Please recommend kids-in-mind.com to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.

3. 

Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.




Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.