My friend Bryan, who lives in the Seattle area, took some film school classes from Christopher Mosio, who worked on Akeelah and the Bee and is credited as 2nd unit director of photography and B camera operator.
D and I saw the movie tonight, and it's very good. I'm man enough to admit that I wept openly when Akeelah spelled "pulchritude" correctly. And yeah, I know that sounds weird, but there's more to it than spelling. Parents, take your kids to see this film, and if they learn nothing else, make sure they learn this: There's more to it than spelling.