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Common Sense Media: Best Back-to-School Movies

'Akeelah and the Bee' (2006)

Ages: 8+

Synopsis: Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that the movie includes mild language and early on, some "attitude" from the young girl at its center. But her "ghetto" vernacular is a show to try to "fit in," a thematic concern throughout the film, for the girl and adults around her. A related theme is coping with loss; a couple of sad conversations recall the deaths of loved ones (one by gun violence, another by disease), and divorce. Characters lie to protect loved ones, and must make amends. In a couple of scenes, the mother and daughter argue. A couple of women characters wear tight tops; the girl's coach has a drink one evening alone. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Lionsgate)

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