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Akeelah and the Bee

In the wake of Spellbound and Bee Season comes this drama about an 11-year-old girl from South Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. The story is, as expected, cute and inspirational. It's also predictable and emotionally simplified. Think The Karate Kid with a little girl taking over for Ralph Macchio, Laurence Fishburn doing the Mr. Miyagi thing and words instead of crane kicks to the head. 112 minutes PG.