I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E. Impossible to resist. Highly appealing. That's a perfect definition of Spellbound, a documentary that follows the lives of eight very different 1999 National Spelling Bee championship competitors. While these kids may be unpopular for raising the curve in their English classes, they're compelling to watch as they sweat it out during the competition.
(If you watched the finals this year, you know how tense the proceedings can get.) Beyond the kids, though, the mommas and papas in the audience--some with rosary beads in one hand and a tissue to wipe their sweaty palms in the other--are a show by themselves. Word up: This is a great film.