The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

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The Secret Life of Bees. While not outstanding, I enjoyed this film very much. Likeable characters, dramatic tension and the strength and healing elements of hope and acceptance all combine to make a very good film. The social-political climate of the times (late 1960s) directly effect the specific experiences of these characters. Almost like a period piece, the overwhelming influence of race relations in the “outside world” literally colored everything during this time. I definitely want to read the book now.

Paul Bettany (who plays Dakota Fanning’s abusive father) does a great job (almost forgot he’s English) as well as the English actress who plays Queen Latifah and Alicia Key’s empathetic sister May in the film. Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson also do good work. More than just a chick flick.

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