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.
One parent tells another that the spelling bee is "a different form of child abuse." The competition is tense, and the spellers get nervous.
One mild potty word.
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A mom smokes.