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The Secret Life of Bees

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 17, 2008 by funofmovie
The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Length: 110 min
Rated: PG-13
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date:  2008-10-17

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo Paul Bettany, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Produced by James Lassiter, Ewan Leslie, Joe Pichirallo, Lauren Shuler Donner, Will Smith
Written by Gina Prince-Bythewood

The Secret Life of Bees belongs in part to the troubled genre of “magical Negro” stories, in which a white protagonist is somehow enlightened or rescued by a particularly special black person (Jim in Huck Finn is an early example). But happily, Sue Monk Kidd’s novel and its adaptation by Gina Prince-Bythewood avoids stereotyping and easy answers, presenting a coming-of-age story that goes easy on the life lessons and forced moments of racial understanding.

Crowded with vibrant characters and a wealth of talent, Secret Life of Bees is cuddly enough for Oprah but never cloying, a refreshing take on the more standard, calculated stories of female empowerment.

Dakota Fanning stars as Lily, a 14-year-old who grew up only with her abusive father, T. Ray (Paul Bettany, a surprisingly convincing Southerner), after she accidentally shot her mother at the age of four. When Lily’s nanny Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) is beaten by a white mob one her way to register to vote, Lily takes the opportunity to run away from home.

She and Rosaleen make their way to the nearby town of Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily’s only remaining mementoes of her mother suggest she’ll find a home.

That’s precisely what Lily finds at the Pepto Bismol-pink home of the Boatwright sisters, a trio of black women who run a beekeeping business on their property. The oldest, August (Queen Latifah), immediately accepts Lily into her maternal embrace, while youngest sister June (Alicia Keys), a burgeoning Black Power activist, is more skeptical of the white runaway. Also in the house is May (Sophie Okonedo), emotionally damaged by the death of her twin sister some years earlier, who forms an immediate bond with Rosaleen.

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October 17, 2008 movie releases

Posted in Movie releases with tags , , , on October 14, 2008 by funofmovie

Max Payne Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges

Morning Light

W. Main Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks

The Secret Life of Bees Main Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson

Sex Drive

The Elephant King (NY)

Mary (NY)

What Just Happened (limited; expands: Oct. 31)

Filth and Wisdom (NY; LA release: October 31)  Main Cast:  Ade, Olegar Fedoro, Gogol Bordello