Akeelah and the Bee was this weekend's fun family movie (with Ramona's ears covered for a few words.)
If you want your kids to walk around saying, "Prestidigitation: p-r-e-s-t-i-d-i-g-i-t-a-t-i-o-n ... Prestidigitation" just pop in this movie and watch the pulchritude. If you didn't think a spelling bee could be exciting, think again. Keke Palmer is adorable and Laurence Fishburne is admirably subdued and complex. Somewhat predictable in its inspirational message, but tear-inducing in this mom, nevertheless. Great for various discussion topics with my older kids, including goals and perseverance, the right and wrong reasons for doing things, race and class tensions, good parents living tough lives. (See the ScreenIt review for a complete rundown of things to watch for in this PG-rated movie.)
Enjoy it. S-o-o-n. Soon.