The Secret Life of Bees

Rating: A-III (PG-13)

NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Beautifully produced adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s best-seller set in South Carolina about a spiritual beekeeper (Queen Latifah) and her sisters (Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo) who take in a 14-year-old runaway (Dakota Fanning) and her caretaker (Jennifer Hudson) fleeing the girl’s abusive father (Paul Bettany). Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood elicits well-judged performances from the cast, with Latifah and Dakota outstanding, and the compassionate — albeit melodramatic — story includes elements of forgiveness and redemption. Some profanity and crude language, racial epithets and violence, nonsexual child abuse, light underage sensuality, murder and suicide; acceptable for older teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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