Book club favorite THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES more than just survives it's transition to the screen. Thanks to it's strong cast, this female-centric drama thrives. Dakota Fanning stars as Lily, a 14-year-old girl living with her abusive father (Paul Bettany) in South Carolina in 1964. Lily struggles with a burden of guilt after she accidentally killed her mother a decade before, and she longs for knowledge of the woman. When the family's caretaker Rosaleen (Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) is arrested after standing up to a group of violent white men, Lily seizes the opportunity to run off with Rosaleen and search for clues to her mother's life. Starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Director Gina Prince-By the wood Special Features: Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1 - English Stereo 2.0 - Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary Running Time 109 Minutes.