A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some threatened violence. Tense moments, character arrested.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references, including sexual harassment.
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Some strong language for a PG-13 -- ass, bitch, "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and sell drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie sends mixed messages -- the language is strong for young teens including references to "hooker heels" and a Monica Lewinsky joke. There are some tense confrontations and threatened violence. Role models are confusing. Characters drink and sell drugs but in spite of the "hot" dancing, a strength of the movie is its portrayal of sexual values. Honey is very clear with her boss about boundaries and her romance with a local barber is sweet and understated. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie is very short, less than 90 minutes; this is the good news. For those who think it's been too long since a movie like Breakin' 2: Electric Boolago, or even Lambada: The Forbidden Dance, there now is HONEY, the story of a spunky girl who dazzles hip-hop superstars with her dance moves but whose dream is helping the kids in her neighborhood. Alba has a lovely smile and Joy Bryant (Antwone Fisher) adds some verve to the sassy best friend role. Hip-hop fans will enjoy seeing favorite performers like Tweet, L'il Romeo, and Missy Elliott.
The bad news is that it is just dumb, way past cheesy-but-fun into the realm of From Justin to Kelly-level you-must-be-kidding. Its efforts to be hip make it as instantly out of date as if the characters used words like "groovy" and "out of sight." When Honey is under pressure to improve her choreography for one video, she gives the dancers a (presumably very expensive) break and goes for a pensive walk, where she draws inspiration from the moves of kids playing basketball and jumping rope. I'm not kidding. It wouldn't be so terrible that the plot, dialogue, and performances were so poor if the movie's reason for being -- the music and dance numbers -- had more energy and style. Worst of all, the movie fails to take advantage of the talents of performers like the glorious Lonette McKee (Jungle Fever) and Mekhi Phifer, who pretty much stand around looking embarrassed.
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