The Secret Life Of Bees

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20th Century Fox Released 2008

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Director:
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American historical drama film by director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation of the Sue Monk Kidd novel upon which the film is based, starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah. Set in early 1960s South Carolina, The Secret Life of Bees is the story of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a motherless 14-year-old girl. Lonely and unhappy, struggling thorugh a troubled relationship with her father, Lily runs away to live with Rosaleen Daise, her balck former caregive and only friend. Lily soon finds herself immersed in the lives of the individuals in the African American community that she joins, finding solace in the bee-keeping tasks of the Boatwright sister, June (Queen Latifah) and May (Sophie Okonedo). But despite a growing sense of belonging, Lily's skin stays as fair as can be, creating a seemingly insurmountable seperation in the racist southern society. The Secret Life of Bees is rated PG-13 for thematic material and some violence.moreless

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The film insists so strenuously on its themes of redemption, tolerance, love and healing that it winds up defeating itself, and robbing Ms. Kidd's already maudlin tale of its melod...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What's being sold here is the movie equivalent of the honey-drenched sweet potato biscuits that are forever being passed around on-screen. Their nutritional value may be nil, but t...

  • 50

    Variety

    Like a mouthful of honey, The Secret Life of Bees is cloyingly sweet and gooey, and you're not quite sure you can swallow it undiluted.

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    Historical, Animals, Pets & Nature