The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

DVD - 2008
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Lily Owens is a young girl who lives on the peach farm that her abusive father owns. Rosaleen is a black woman hired by Lily's father to be a stand-in mother for Lily. When Rosaleen and Lily walk into town they are approached by some white men. Rosaleen insults these racists by standing up for her rights. The angry men give her a beating and she ends up in the hospital. Lily's father rescues Lily but not Rosaleen so Lily talks Rosaleen into running away. They end up in a town that Lily believes her mother once lived in. They go to live with the three Boatwright sisters on their honey farm, and there Lily finds solace in the mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

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bookie66
Oct 02, 2019

All good actresses. Too bad this screenplay was flat. Except when it capitalized on violence, civil rights. Felt like the actresses had in their contracts that they each got "X" minutes and an obligation was being fulfilled. Just didn't blend or speak to me. Disappointed. Fast fwd'd through quite a bit of it.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

I hadn't read the book in a very long time before seeing this movie and I was worried that I wasn't going to remember much about the storyline. Turns out I was worrying over nothing. This movie is absolutely wonderful and I love how similar it was to the book. It was like watching the pages unfold on the screen. Ironically, when I read the book (way before the movie was ever released in theatres or even mentioned), I pictured Queen Latifah in the role of Rosaleen. Imagine my surprise when Queen Latifah was actually in the movie, playing a different character. I loved Jennifer Hudson's portrayal of Rosaleen, and this was definitely Dakota Fanning's best performance. If she continues to get roles like this, I see an Academy Award in her future! Such a beautiful movie; hearfelt and touching and wonderful performances all around.

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tiamek
Mar 05, 2019

Certainly did the book justice. The book had a lot more dialog that the movie didn't - you know how southerners are - but the acting said most of it. A good cast kept the diversity of personalities within the family and Fanning really sold the drama well. It felt like the director focused on her quest to find out about her mother, more-so than anything else.

JCLJoyceM Sep 25, 2017

This is nearly as good as the book, which was tremendous. Thankfully Hollywood did not change a lot from the original which explores what family means. It is very relevant in the current turbulent racial times.

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karin66
May 07, 2016

This book has great reviews, hence the reason I got it, but it didn't do it for me.

The book is written in a diary format alternating between the past and the present, the author did a great job of that I thought. It wasn't difficult to know where you were in the story line. However, as I was reading something started to nag at me. At first I couldn't figure out what it was, then it dawned on me: it was written as a diary, so it should read as present tense, yet at times it changed to what would happen in the future (future-perfect?). Example, "It was the first time of many...". Yet as a diary, day by day, one would not know that. Perhaps not a big deal but it niggled at me.

Some parts (content wise), were difficult to read, I would have to put down the book for a while, other times I wanted to scream, "Just say something for God sakes!" But I imagine that is part of the message the author wanted to convey. So that is more of a "it's me not you" kind of thing.

I really liked the growth of our heroine, her journey from dark depths to resiliency. I still wanted to tell her to speak up though.

I also thought that there were milestones that should have been given more weight. Catherine was a party girl, yeah we get that, lets know more about some of the other important parts. I don't want to say which ones, lest I give out too much information.

What really disappointed me was the ending. I do not like an unfinished story, my entertainment time is precious and I do not care to have to ponder and wonder. That's just me. Others who do not mind may very well enjoy this read.

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DreDre
Mar 17, 2015

A heartwarming movie. Engaging from beginning to end. Fairly accurate to the book which was also good.

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Jane_Sm
Mar 05, 2015

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed re-watching this heartwarming movie. Well-written story, wonderful strong characters, fine acting all around. Definitely worth seeing again from time to time.

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MissECE
Aug 04, 2014

Excellent Movie !!! Is a must see.

LindaHolland Feb 04, 2014

I was thoroughly engrossed by this movie. I laughed, I cried, I seethed with indignation, I held my heart in joy. Strong performances from all the cast. Very moving and well worth a watch.

hania4987 Nov 10, 2013

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ButeraDrew
Jan 17, 2013

Other: FRIGHTNING, VIOLENCE, RACISM (BECAUSE OF MOVIE THEME) DYING!! BLOOD

nadian Mar 19, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian Mar 19, 2009

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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