Myla Goldberg's best-selling novel comes to the big screen--sort of. Richard Gere is a Jewish scholar (oh, really) who tunes out his crumbling marriage to Juliette Binoche by immersing himself in his daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion. The film tries to pack the book's emotional punch, but it's far too brainy. Despite what Spellbound might have showed us, spelling bees are really boring. The film's would-be spiritual and emotional turmoil gets lost in distracting subplots and numb characters.104 minutes PG-13.