Pizza & a Movie & a Spelling Bee

For the past several years we’ve been doing family “pizza & a movie night” on Fridays. Sometimes we make our own pizza, sometimes it’s frozen, sometimes we order out…and sometimes it’s Chinese food or a burger instead. It can be a challenge to find a film that appeals to parents & kids, boys & girls, but tonight we watched a real winner:

Akeelah and the Bee

akeelah.jpgNot only does it have a stellar cast and a positive story, it’s also really gripping. We were all sitting on the edge of our seats at the end. The story line isn’t groundbreaking, but we loved the movie!

We found it through the site I often check for recommendations for our movie nights, www.commonsensemedia.org. It’s great for movie lists (best of lists including sleepover movies, football movies, change the world movies, anime, magic, anything), and they also review movies that are in the theater, games, and some books (although that part of the website isn’t as comprehensive). They include an age recommended by their reviewer, as well as the average age recommended by adult reviewers and kid reviewers.

Common Sense Media gave it 4 out of 5 stars for ages 8 and up.

akeelah&javier

I’ll close with a quote by Marianne Williamson that features prominently in the film:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

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