I'm home sick today (yeah yeah, poor me) so I've been taking it easy and drinking my weight in liquids. I've also been watching lots of TV - stuff like Code Monkeys, My Name is Earl, and It's Me or the Dog. However, I did log a couple of hours with an awesome flick called Akeelah and the Bee.
The film is about a young girl from South Central LA with a talent for spelling and the struggles she endures on her way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Helping her along the way, among others, is Laurence Fishburne as a semi-retired college professor who coaches young Akeelah. Although some cliches can't be avoided, this was one terrific movie if I may be so bold. All the characters in the film are developed at a decent pace and actually grow without resorting to sappy, pappy crap. If you don't mind the occasional well-done, heartwarming film, then look no further than Akeelah and the Bee.