Parents' Guide to

Spelling the Dream

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Upbeat celebration of outstanding kids who spell to win.

Movie NR 2020 82 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Confusing, too many storylines.

I've tried twice to finish this movie. Somehow I can't get through it. My kids and I were confused following all the competitors' stories. If we were to try again, I'd make a graphic organizer with all the spellers' names on it so we could stop and take notes. It jumped around and we couldn't keep up. I did like the history lesson about South Asian immigration. Not that it's inappropriate, but I think it's definitely better for older kids. My six year olds were quite disinterested, my 8 and 10 year olds were in fact watching, but it just didn't peak our interest enough.
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age 7+


These are American kids and taking part in the American Tradition and fulfilling their dreams. Very motivational movie. I hope my kids are inspired by this movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (2):

What could be more delightful than spending time with four bright, engaging, confident kids, an "A-team" of wonderfully brainy spelling bee champs? The fact that they're all first-generation Americans only adds luster to their impressive accomplishments. Spelling the Dream is a celebration of those kids, beautifully executed, warmhearted, and very, very satisfying. With clear themes of perseverance, it's a celebration of hard work, supportive families, and doing your best to achieve a goal.

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