Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons, and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.
The movie follows the journey of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl, to the spelling contest Scripps National Spelling Bee with her mother, her schoolmates, and her coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Jacky L (au) wrote: been awhile since i've had my guilty bollywood pleasures' this was a good welcome back. katrina kaif was yummalicious (the feisty-looking anushka sharma chick aint too shabby either) and even uncle shah rukh looked hot as major samar anand! (how's that possible?! )ok so the movie kinda ended with a limp after all that, but who cares really. definitely high on the entertainment stakes. quite love.
Agnes C (fr) wrote: 1942, couleur, et bien meilleur que "Pirates des caraibes". Tyrone Power est parfait...
Viet Phuong N (ru) wrote: I understand that this film should not be considered standalone but alongside with the other two live-action films by Mamoru Oshii in his Kerberos saga. However, since I have not seen the other two, I have to rate this film as it is - a disappointing one. The Orwellian setting of the film, which reflects the actual situation in Japan during the 1960s and contains many of Oshii's philosophical traits, deserves a much better story instead of the simple, confusing and eventually disappointing plot in this film. If only the "human side" of the "Wolf" had been better explored and the internal struggle of the Brigade had been replaced by a larger and more symbolic struggle of the fictional Japanese society. Actually everything in this film was under-developed to the point that I even questioned myself whether I missed any detail watching the film, and no, I did not, they were simply not there. Could have been a much much better film with such setting and premise.
Miguel R (ag) wrote: Philadelphia is a superb, powerful,and mature drama with outstanding performances and a strong direction!
Will L (nl) wrote: Great film if you can watch it - takes a bit to get into but two words kept me watching, Mc Goohan! ... and Connery is a wuss in it.
Richard D (ca) wrote: This is a terrible film. Ben Affleck is miscast. Early in his career he simply cannot shake his smarmy suburban jock persona, and it's completely inappropriate to his ex-con car thief role. Charlize Theron and Gary Sinise fare better, but their parts are so thin, they struggle to do anything interesting. The plot of this film rests on a twist that is so gob smackingly idiotic it defies comprehension. I'm furious it wasted two hours of my time.