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  I saw a spell-tastic film!
Updated 09 October 2003, 13.51

Spellbound is an American film about a children's spelling competition.

We asked Amy to review it for Newsround. Here's what she thought.

"I went to a preview of a new film called Spellbound.

It's a documentary about eight American kids who are fantastic at spelling!

Hmm....sound rubbish?

That's just what I thought to start with, but that all changed after I had seen the film.

Spellbound follows the eight children as they study and prepare for the National Spelling Bee, a competition that has been going on since 1925!

Nine hours daily

They are joining 250 children who have won their regional competitions out of nine million other kids.

You can see from their faces how much stress and pressure they are under to win this competition.

Some kids studied spelling for nine hours every day!!

Weird words

The words they were asked to spell were incredibly hard.

I couldn't pronounce the words, let alone spell them.

I mean how many of you can spell vivisepulture or esquamulose?!

Although I had my doubts, Spellbound proved to be a really interesting film.

The way it was filmed seemed more like a TV programme as there are interviews, but I still enjoyed it.

There are a lot of funny parts and one of the kids (Harry) is very entertaining.

Unique and funny

Obviously this film is not going to be to everyone's taste but I would recommend it because it is interesting, unique and funny.

All in all I had a great time and I really enjoyed watching Spellbound."

Amy, 13, Nottingham

Spellbound opens in cinemas across the UK on 10 October.


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