Parents' Guide to

Spellbound

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.

Movie G 2003 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Amazing docu teaches kids about spelling

This movie was great. I thought it was acting at first. The kids are so funny! There was no violence, sex, or swearing (unless you you consider "crap" to be a curse word).Overall, a wonderful film. Lots of fun for the whole family!
age 10+

Give a real picture of present day life of some students.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Every family should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s documentary, because it is about so much more than the spelling bee. It's about the strength of American diversity and the commitment of this country to opportunity. It's about ambition, dedication, and courage. It's about finding a dream that speaks to each individual. Most of all, it's about family; the opportunity to discuss the wide variation in styles of family communication and values is in itself a reason for every family with children to watch this movie together.

Plus, it is one of the most genuinely thrilling, touching, and purely enjoyable movies of the year. Spellbound is filled with brilliantly observed moments that illuminate the lives of the individuals but also the lives of all families and dreamers. As we watch these kids, girls towering over boys, more kids with braces than without, puberty's uneven effects everywhere, many of the kids confessing that they feel all alone in their schools, we see them hold on to this mastery of words eclipsing the mastery of most adults -- and leading them to their adult selves.

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