Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

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Rating: 3/5
“Akeelah and the Bee” (2006) movie poster

Formulaic, overly sentimental, and manipulative, but also charming, somewhat educational, and uplifting. Keke Palmer is very good as Akeelah, and her sympathetic performance is one reason the movie works as well as it does.