The film’s artifice is will be evident even to someone who doesn’t know much about how the movie was put together. What struck me most though is that their problems are not really that different than my problems or those of my friends. She also employs a cavalcade of pop music to enhance the feature film resemblance. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.
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Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 national spelling bee. The seams are always on display (look for the wireless mike clipped to a girl’s belt), constantly reminding us what we’re watching and killing any dramatic momentum. Numerous scenes are obviously staged and/or recreations.