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Honey 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Pointless sequel is a waste of time, too mature for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2012 111 minutes
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On paper, Honey 2 must have seemed like a surefire attraction for tweens and teens, but it just doesn't work. In this sequel, an edgy but beautiful protagonist realizes that her ex is a criminal (and a cad) and finds a way to enact revenge by joining a rival dance crew competing in a local tournament. The movie's script combines some elements of West Side Story, Save the Last Dance, Step Up, and You Got Served; plus the star is a supporting actress from The Vampire Diaries -- what could go wrong? Apparently almost everything, except for perhaps a few of the dance-off scenes.

Graham, who's so charismatic as a fierce young witch on the CW's hit supernatural soap, isn't right for the role. She's not convincing in the least as a troubled girl who just got out of juvenile detention. Even as she calls the clean-cut Brandon "college boy," you get the sense that Graham (the goddaughter of Quincy Jones) is ill at ease playing Maria from the hood. Worse still, despite her considerable dancing experience as a hip-hop background dancer, Graham isn't as natural seeming in the choreographed sequences. Probably the only redeeming part of the entire movie is getting to see Jennifer Lopez's buzzed-about beau, Casper Smart, outside of a tabloid photo. He's definitely a gifted dancer -- if not actor.

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