I did a basic search and found no thread on this film. It is a feel good movie about an 11 year old girl in Crenshaw that participates in the spelling bee contests. The characters in the film are very aware of race and class, but the movie does not use them as a sledgehammer. Fishburne and Basset reunite after Boyz in the Hood and What's Love Gotta Do With It. The two of them get a couple of scenes, but the main focus is on the Akeelah character, beautifully played by Keke Palmer. You can't help but root for her. She has several very good scenes with Fishburne. With the spelling bee soon becoming a sub-genre of the sports movie, this movie finds a way to provide a satisfying ending that is properly set up in the movie. In the film, the Fishburne character introduces a crucial passage to Akeelah about personal worth and how it effects others. The movie then goes ahead and demonstrates it. It is quite inspiring.