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The Secret Life of Bees

Genre: Adventure, Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Tristan Wilds
Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Short: A lonely teenage runaway finds shelter, solace and family with a household of beekeeping sisters.
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How Sweet It Is!
Excellent Acting Makes Bees Worth Buzzing About

ased on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily, a lonely 14-year-old girl living during the Civil Rights era. Her emotionally absent father (Paul Bettany) hires a black woman named Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) to stand in as Lily's mother, who was killed in a tragic accident. After Rosaleen insults some of the biggest racists in town, she and Lily flee to Tiburon, South Carolina, a place that bears a strong connection to Lily's mother. They find shelter at the Boatwright residence, a household occupied by beekeepers August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) and her two sisters June (Alicia Keys) and May (Sophia Okenedo).
Lily is adopted by August as a beekeeping apprentice, where she not only gains the family she has always longed for, but also finds solace and love.

Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah in The Secret Life of Bees
Paul Bettany in The Secret Life of Bees

With its excellent acting, The Secret Life of Bees is indeed a film to behold. Although it's difficult to compare the quality of the film to the book, we must say that the film itself is both interesting and compelling. Paul Bettany does a fine job with his role, as well as do Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning, who both shine in their roles as August Boatwright and Lily. It is this great ensemble cast of characters that make The Secret Life of Bees a film worth making a beeline for.

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