An all-star cast should prove to “Bee” better than average

The trailer for the film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd‘s The Secret Life of Bees was just released, and like the book, it looks like the kind of story that will stir the pants right off your soul.

The Secret Life of Bees follows Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) who — along with her stand-in mother, Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) — escapes from her abusive father, and takes up with three beekeeping sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo) in a pink house in Tiburon, South Carolina.

Let me do that math for you: Queen Latifah, Oscar nominee; Sophie Okonedo, Oscar nominee; Jennifer Hudson, Oscar winner; Alicia Keys, rock-em-sock-em talent; Dakota Fanning, best child actress since Jodie Foster.

Also, look at little Dakota Fanning all grown up.

“I’m unlovable,” cries Dakota Fanning at one point in the film, throwing a jar of honey against the wall.

“You listen to me now,” answers Queen Latifah. “There’s love all around you.”

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think. Is it worth your 10 bucks, worth a place in the Netflix queue, or will this be another case of great casts gone awry? My vote is for the first choice — I like my movies with a little side of sap.

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