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Spelling success!
written by SBergfalk February 15, 2006 - 10:28 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Spellbound is charming and difficult at the same time. Part of the power of this documentary is that it reminds us of what being young is like. As viewers, we are reminded of nervous tension, awkwardness, not fitting in, and the consequences of trying too hard or not trying hard enough.

In addition, the documentary has a fascinating subtext about economic class. Seeing the different opportunities and resources that each of the competitors have access to reinforces the fact that our country is not the ideal land of opportunity.

I found myself rooting for all of the competitors, and I felt sad when they misspelled a word and were out of the competition. The big payoff moment is seeing the winner and sharing in that success. You have to like the fact that the filmmaker is sympathetic toward the spellers and keeps a positive tone throughout the film.

Those poor kids!
written by rpmfla June 24, 2005 - 8:42 AM PDT
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This documentary is quirky, funny, and charming. I wouldn't say it was a great film, but it was fun.

I can't believe the amount of work some of these kids put into this! I had no idea the level of intense studying that some of these kids go through. I could understand if they got a fully paid college scholarship or something. Some of those parents need to chill!

Hmmm...did I spell anything wrong in this review?

I know what you're thinking
written by kateadelle March 15, 2004 - 10:27 PM PST
8 out of 12 members found this review helpful
because I thought the same thing. "A film about a spelling bee - sounds boring". But it really isn't. In fact, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I can't say enough great things about this film.


(Average 7.40)
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