Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), from south Los Angeles, has a talent for words. In spite of the objections of her mother Wanda (Angela Bassett), Keke enters a spelling contest. Her gift takes her to compete in the National Spelling Bee, the most famous competition of its kind in the world. On the way, she is helped by a forthright, mysterious teacher, Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) and a cast of colorful characters from the community.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

85% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.

8+ COMMON SENSE

Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.

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Studio
Lionsgate
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.

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