(USA) Now here’s a chick flick with minimum fluff and maximum heart. Based on the 2003 bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd of the same name, The Secret Life of Bees is a simple yet unforgettable about 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), who flees from her lonely life and an abusive father in search of the truth about her dead mother. Accompanied by her caregiver and only friend Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), she arrives at the doorstep of the bee-keeping Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Sophie Okenedo and Alicia Keys) in Tiburon, South Carolina.
Category IIA. We saw this movie on a Sunday night, and by Monday afternoon we couldn’t remember anything about it, title included, except that it had something to do with Cameron Diaz.
You’ve got to chuckle at the sight of dozens of vultures joyously singing “Food, Glorious Food” as their potential meals make the hard slog across dry land. Laughs again come when one large mammoth’s idea of seduction is to tell his female counterpart, “Your butt’s huge. Biggest darn butt I’ve ever seen.” Too bad “Ice Age 2” couldn’t maintain that consistency all the way through.