The Secret Life Of Bees 2008 PG-13 CC

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A drama, set in Southern U.S. in 1960's, revolving around teenager Lily Owens (Fanning) and her nanny, Rosaleen (Hudson), who flee their hometown to escape their harsh upbringing and uncover the mysteries of Lily's later mother.

Starring:
Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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The Secret Life Of Bees

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Genres Drama
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah
Supporting actors Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Tristan Wilds, Nate Parker, Shondrella Avery, Renee Ford Clark, Sharon Conley, Nicky Buggs, Jasmine Burke, Emma Sage Bowman, Emily Alyn Lind, Addy Miller, Taylor Kowalski, Bob Hungerford, Richard Todd Sullivan
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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It was great acting, good story, and great movie aspects.
R. Davenport
The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of a young white South Carolina girl trapped in a tragic life, and her escape to find answers about the mother she lost.
K. Vestal
I liked the book much better but I did like seeing the characters some alive in the movie.
Linda Looo

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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Bethany on January 2, 2009
Format: DVD
This is the best movie I have seen in a long time. I think I had tears in my eyes through 75% of the movie. This is Dakota Fanning's best performance. Jennifer Hudson was spectacular. Queen Latifah delivered like never before. Everyone was amazing in this film. Don't waste your time renting this one because it's one to own. You really connect with the characters and the issues at hand. This is a must see movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on February 10, 2009
Format: DVD
I bought and watched this film based on the strong recommendation of a friend. My wife and I both loved this movie. It is a slippery slope sometimes in telling a tale about the civil rights era, to not seem condescending or self righteous and still show the social evil of what some Americans held as justified truths and actions.

"The Secret Life of Bees" is one of those rare stories that shows the lines of prejudice go both ways and also the lines of goodness and kindness. "The Secret Life of Bees" is not so much a story about black and white people in the south in the `60s, as it is a story about love and redemption set with a backdrop of changing social mores of the civil rights movement.

I am not exaggerating when I say that the performances in this film by all the major players are for all measurable purposes flawless. Alicia Keyes was a surprise (it shouldn't have been) as the "Angry Black Intellectual Woman" and Latifa was wonderful as the matriarchal sister who brings wisdom and peace to several tortured souls. Dakota Fanning, shows that changing from a child to a teen doesn't take away from the fact that she is one of the hardest working and most effective actresses in the business.

If you are in the mood for an excellent drama "The Secret Life of Bees" is a treasure.

The only watch out is there is some fairly violent hate crimes against a woman (Jennifer Hudson), as well as other violent acts which may make this inappropriate for pre-teens as well as some rough laguage.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Octavia Fan on February 17, 2009
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The Secret Life of Bees staring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Sophie Okenedo and Alecia Keys..set in the 1960's in the south is about a young teenage girl (who happens to be white) who, in search of understanding and peace from an abusive father leaves her home with her nanny (played by Jennifer Hudson) to a town in Virginia where a local honey producer and entrepreneur(played by Queen Latifah)takes them in. I dont want to give away too much of the story,so I wont get into too many specifics. I loved this film! As an African American woman, its never easy to see remnants of a time that I often wished weren't true, but even in the midst of thecliche like moments of that "racialy charged situation" that always occurs in period pieces about the segregated south, arose another more poignant tale of courage,determination,forgiveness, acceptance and most importantly love!

Dakota Fanning still continues to intrigue me. She has this been-here-beforeness that is, to me, fascinating and I love watching her grow into a woman. Queen Latifah, who I have actually seen grown into a woman (from afar of course) has this calming spirit throughout the film that made this viewer feel at home whenever she spoke. Alecia Keys character was harder to warm up to but just as equally touched by her gradual (if inevitable) transformations. And the character of June played by Soke Okenedo was done brilliantly.

Money well spent! Thanks Amazon!
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By K. Conroy on January 2, 2009
Format: DVD
I thought this was the best movie of 2008! It was SO GOOD! Granted I had some movies that I went to and watched over and over again, this one I only watched once but once I watched it I knew it would be a timeless classic. Don't rent this movie! Just buy it! It's SO GOOD!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
I read THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd about two years ago. I enjoyed the book very much because it nicely evoked a sense of place (the rural south, with its humidity, ramshackle houses, lush flora and fauna) and it also created very vivid characters. It also suffered from a couple of unlikely coincidences and sometimes a bit too much sentimentality. It didn't trust the power it had built up to successfully tug at our heartstrings and evoke tears without just a little bit of extra obvious manipulation. I found it brisk, involving reading but a little short of classic status.

The film is almost exactly the same. While I don't remember tiny details of the book, and thus no doubt there are some "key" scenes missing, the film is very faithful to the plot of the book and its characters. It captures both the strengths and weaknesses of the book quite well. Frankly, if you like (or love) the book, then you should be quite content with how it has been translated. If you are unfamiliar with the book, you should have some of the same reactions to the film as I described about the book above.

The story is set in 1964. 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) is a mature beyond her years girl in South Carolina. She carries a heavy burden. Ten years previously, while watching a fight between her mother and her abusive father, she accidentally fired a gun. The bullet killed her mother. Her mother, who was in the process of leaving her father and also, she fears, leaving her. This has left a hole in Lily, because she's torn between her fantasies of a loving mother that she has killed and a her fears that her mother was about to abandon her to her awful father.
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