The Secret Life of Bees2008
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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as August Boatwright
as Lily Owens
as Rosaleen Daise
as June Boatwright
as May Boatwright
as T. Ray Owens
as Deborah Owens
as Zach Taylor
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life of Bees
Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look like Mississippi Burning.
There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying.
Tragedies strike and life lessons are learnt, homespun wisdom is dispensed. It's simplistic to the point of total idiocy.
This fairytale of the civil rights era is all honey and no sting.
It's generous-minded, and though it labours awkwardly to move you, that doesn't mean you won't be moved.
Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of Bees
Paul Bettany is miscast in his role but Dakota Fanning proves again that she is very talented, only it is frustrating to see a relevant theme such as racism in the South Carolina of 1964 used as a means for a white girl to resolve her personal issues in a sappy, reductive way.
"The Sweet Life of Bees is a film of sad stories with sad situations. I really enjoyed everyones acting. I had my doubts about Alicia Keys as I do all singers/rappers when they try their hand at acting. She surprised me. I thought she did a great job in her role. I loved Q-Latifah in this. Her character is wise and loving. Just what Lily needed. Lily Owens is a troubled young girl in the search for answers about her mother. Feeling unwanted and abandoned she runs with the one person that shows her kindness and love. Her nanny/housekeeper Rosaleen. Their journey leads to August. From there the mystery of what happened to Lily's mother unravels. I really enjoyed the sad tale and I look forward to reading the book."
Complete and utter feel good Oprah trash.
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