Spellbound

2002 G 1h 37m DVD

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Spellbound

2002 G 1h 37m DVD
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This Oscar-nominated entry documents the intense experience of the National Spelling Bee as seen through the eyes of eight young spellers, with viewers glimpsing the kids' private lives as they train for and compete in the ultimate cerebral showdown. While they try to keep their eyes on the $10,000 prize, their personal stories illuminate their quirks, their obsessive study habits and their alternately heartbreaking and inspiring family dynamics.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Harry Altman
  • Ashley White
  • Angela Arenivar
  • Emily Stagg
  • Ted Brigham
  • Nupur Lala
  • April DeGideo
  • Neil Kadakia
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Spellbound is a documentary that follows eight kids from different socioeconomic and geographic areas as they prepare for the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. It has some tense and sad scenes; kids are upset when they lose (they're escorted onstage to a "comfort room"). One child uses a mild potty word. The film has great messages about working hard, self-acceptance, and always doing your best. The spellers are smart, funny, ambitious, brave, and dedicated; their parents are supportive and proud of their kids.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

One parent tells another that the spelling bee is "a different form of child abuse." The competition is tense, and the spellers get nervous.

Language

One mild potty word.

Social Behavior

Hard work involves making sacrifices but is ultimately worth it. It's OK to be different. Winning isn't as important as preparing well for the competition and doing your best.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A mom smokes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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