Bee Movie

Theatrical Release: November 2, 2007
DVD Release: March 11, 2008
Bee Movie


“Bee Movie” is a comedy that will change everything you think you know about bees. Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice – honey. As he ventures outside of the hive for the first time, he breaks one of the cardinal rules of the bee world and talks to a human, a New York City florist named Vanessa (Renée Zellweger). He is shocked to discover that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees’ honey for centuries, and ultimately realizes that his true calling in life is to set the world right by suing the human race for stealing their precious honey.

Dove Review

Bees shouldn’t be able to fly! Their bodies are too big for their wings, and yet…This is a cute film which kids will love. It has a few lines for the adults too. Who wouldn’t love a newspaper headline which reads: “Frisbee Hits Hive!” This of course is a real problem in the bee world. The laugh-out-loud funny moments are there. The audience laughed when a mosquito headed toward a blood mobile. Without giving any others away, my personal favorite is when a mosquito decides to become a lawyer, because, “I was already a blood-sucking parasite and all I needed was a brief case!”

The premise is that a bee named Barry, (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld), becomes friends with a lady named Vanessa Bloome (voiced by Renee Zellweger). As their friendship develops Barry learns that humans have been profiting from the bee’s honey for centuries and he decides to take the case to court to reclaim their rights to the honey. By the film’s end, everyone sees how much the bees are needed to pollinate and do other necessary duties, but will the bees forgive the humans?

There are a couple of innuendos in the film, and a few scenes of characters slapping each other in a cartoon kind of way, but the film is wholesome overall. We are pleased to award our Dove Seal to the film for all ages, with the suggestion that parents consult the content listing below to make their own informed decisions. Parents and kids will buzz over this movie, bee-cause it’s more fun than a barrel of honey!

Content Description

Sex: A few innuendos including a comment by a bee that he thinks Barry is "making out" with a woman; a "bedbug" comment.
Language: OMG-1
Violence: A lot of cartoon-type violence. A woman stabs her own hand with a fork to see if she's dreaming when she hears a talking bee; a few cars collide which starts with a bee buzzing around in a car; a few bugs smash into a car's windshield and some survive and a few don't; a couple people slap each other to bring each other back to reality; another slapping scene; a helicopter explodes.
Drugs: A lady has a drink in a glass which looks like apple juice.
Nudity: None
Other: A joke about B-Gandhi, B-Columbus, and B-Jesus which the filmmakers could have done without.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Jerry Seinfeld and Spike Feresten
Director: Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith
Producer: Jerry Seinfeld
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter