Akeelah and the Bee
Starring: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, J.R. Villarreal
Written & Directed by: Doug Atchison
How good is this movie?
As a private citizen, I like this movie. As someone with children in my life, I kind of love it. It has great messages about self-confidence, perseverance, teamwork, and even empathy and kindness. It does wander into corniness at times, but it mostly manages to stay grounded while still being unfailingly sweet. Over all, it’s a solid piece of family entertainment.
How ace is this movie?
A couple of chaste pecks on the cheek between eleven-year-old Akeelah and Javier are the closest thing the movie has to a romantic sub-plot. There are a few references to absent children, parents, and spouses, but all the emphasis is on familial relationships and friendships, not on romance.
3.5 Stars; 3 Aces