I have just watched the movie for all of us who were dorks as children. And believe me, I was a dork. I'm sure many of you have heard of this, as it appears to have been the breakout indie flick of recent memory, but if you haven't, run to your nearest video store and pick up Spellbound. Go, go, go. You'd never think that a documentary about younger teenagers that remind us painfully of ourselves at 13, competing in the National Spelling Bee, could be this compelling. The eight kids that are tracked through their experience are all intensely lovable in their own quirky little ways, and I found myself having difficulty deciding who I actually wanted to win. I defy you not to howl with laughter at the elderly couple in the first segment (employers of the father of the first girl), or the Hooters sign. Just...trust me on this one.
I also defy you not to tear up at various points during the film---I don't want to give a lot of the film away, but just go rent it, it's so worth it. Make sure you watch the bonus features too, because you not only get to see where the eight contestants are now, but you get three additional spellers and their stories...frankly, they're even funnier and sweeter than the others. I suppose they all got knocked out fairly early in the competition, but they are worth watching as well.
If any of you were ever decent spellers as kids and remember those damn spelling bees, you will find yourself spelling along and probably on the edge of your seat, heart in your mouth...what else can I say? This is just one megadorkalicious movie.
by at February 22, 2004 10:15 PM