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Date: Feb 25 2004


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In the movie Spellbound, eight courageous kids of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for the 1999 National Spelling Bee Finals. The film presents their intense real-life experiences as they compete for the top prize.
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Miguel:  Hey Beth, have you seen Spellbound?

Beth:  No I haven’t. What’s it about?

Miguel:  It’s about kids in a National Spelling Bee. And it’s, it’s about literally like kids just trying to spell really really hard words.

Beth:  Oh, I think I remember hearing about this now. My friend said it was hysterical.

Miguel:  Yeah, it’s hysterical and it’s intense. It’s really amazing how these, like, 10 year old kids get, like, super super fired up about a spelling bee, which, you know, seems kinda nerdy, but it’s also, like, really incredible.

Beth:  Now is this based upon a true story?

Miguel:  Yeah, it’s all true. It’s actual footage of the real National Spelling Bee. I don’t know which year, but, um… I mean, some of these kids, I guess, have become, like, real celebrities, ‘cause they’re, they’re such cool characters in the movie.



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I love Spellbound! It’s a great film. Those kids are so incredibly smart. It’s totally amazing how well they can spell. Most adults couldn’t even come close to spelling the words they spell in the spelling bee.
The movie is really good, because it goes beyond just showing the spelling bee. It also follows the lives of the kids before and after the spelling bee, so you really get to know them and you’re really pulling for them during the competition.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you see Spellbound!
See you at the movies!


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