Thursday, May 24, 2007

If you like movies about spelling bees.....

you should see this one. Heck, even if spelling bees don't seem like compelling movie fodder, you should still see it. If you liked "Whale Rider" then you should extra-definitely see this movie. If you like Scrabble, you should see this movie. If you like the word "pulchritude" then you should see this movie. If you think it really *does* take a village to raise a child, regardless of the fact that you feel dorky saying it, then you should see this movie. I think that covers everyone in the world, right? You may spend some time wondering "What exactly is the connection between Starbucks and this movie?" You won't be on the edge of your seat wondering "What is going to happen next?" But you will, I bet, experience a severe warming of the cockles of your heart. Maybe in even in the sub-cockle region. Maybe (say it with me Jean) even in the colon.

1 comment:

jean said...

I liked "Spellbound" better. It was a documentary and not a fictional story, so different genre and story arc. "Spellbound" doesn't have that underpriveleged child from the ghetto tug to your heart-strings but I found myself on the edge of my seat nervous as all get-out. I think my stomach hurt afterwards in that roller coaster ride sort of way when your nerves do you in. And all for a spelling bee. Who knew?

Granted I only partly watched "Akeelah", in the way that I do when m wants to see a movie and I'm just not in the mood or have the time and it's on in the background and I form lots of opinions about it based on about 20 minutes worth of total viewing information. But no matter. The Scrabble part, of course, was my favorite.