The Secret Life Of Bees (DVD)

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    Book club favorite THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES more than just survives its transition to the screen. Thanks to its strong cast, this female-centric drama thrives. Dakota Fanning stars as Lily, a 14-year-old girl living with her abusive father (Paul Bettany) in South Carolina in 1964. Lily struggles with a burden of guilt after she accidentally killed her mother a decade before, and she longs for knowledge of the woman. When the family's caretaker Rosaleen (Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) is arrested after standing up to a group of violent white men, Lily seizes the opportunity to run off with Rosaleen and search for clues to her mother's life. They arrive at the home of the Boatwrights, a trio of black sisters. Motherly August (Queen Latifah) cultivates the state's most coveted honey, June (Alicia Keys) focuses on her music and on rebuffing the advances of an ardent suitor (Nate Parker), and childlike May (Sophie Okonedo) struggles to stay happy in the turbulent time. But in a still-racist world where the Civil Rights Act has just been passed, the Boatwrights' home acts as a haven for Lily as she searches for information about her mother's past. The heavy drama could've presented a challenge for Fanning, who has gone beyond the role of a little girl, but she does a fine job. The other actresses in the film, especially Latifah and Okonedo, shine without overpowering the other performances. Bettany departs from his usual charming roles and melts into the difficult part of Lily's violent father. In the spirit of past favorites such as THE COLOR PURPLE and CORRINA, CORRINA, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES presents a gripping look at the South in the 1960s with a nice balance of laughter and tears.

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    UPC 024543556329
    Studio Fox Home Entertainment
    Format DVD
    Extra Info Checkpoint; Sensormatic; Widescreen
    Genre Drama/Action/Adventure
    Rating Parental Guidance 13+
    Dimensions 5.5" x 0.25" x 7.5" WxHxD
    Weight 0.26 lbs
    Stars Alicia Keys, Nate Parker, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Hilarie Burton, Paul Bettany, Queen Latifah, Tristan Wilds
    Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood
    Country of Origin United States

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      This was a very good movie. For the better part, it held true to form and followed the book. All of the actors were great.

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      Well, as always the DVD arrive very quickly. The movie was a light-hearted story that didn't get too serious, while the subject matter could have gone dark the message was clear and not very deep. The characters were enjoyable and well played. It was a good movie for the entire family with a positive message. I enjoyed it.

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      I have read this book three times and discover something new and true each time I go back to it...excellent story telling, strong characters who you hate to leave when you finish the book...I am always afraid when I fall in love with a book that the movie will fall short...and usually that is true...I have found two movies which did not disappoint and the secret life of bees is one of them...enjoy and then read the book. Time well spent.

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    • Great Movie
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      Lovely movie. I read the book several years ago and wanted to see the movie. Great acting.

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    • The secret life of bees
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      This was a very good movie. For the better part, it held true to form and followed the book. All of the actors were great.

      Read More
    • The Secret Life of Bees
      Verified Purchase

      Well, as always the DVD arrive very quickly. The movie was a light-hearted story that didn't get too serious, while the subject matter could have gone dark the message was clear and not very deep. The characters were enjoyable and well played. It was a good movie for the entire family with a positive message. I enjoyed it.

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    • the secret life of bees
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      I have read this book three times and discover something new and true each time I go back to it...excellent story telling, strong characters who you hate to leave when you finish the book...I am always afraid when I fall in love with a book that the movie will fall short...and usually that is true...I have found two movies which did not disappoint and the secret life of bees is one of them...enjoy and then read the book. Time well spent.

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