A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's a good message about teamwork and loyalty, as well as getting out of an unhealthy relationship with a dangerous guy, but the movie is so poorly done that the message isn't very powerful.
Positive Role Models
Maria is determined to use her talent to get ahead; she's willing to sacrifice her chance to win in order to help another young dancer. Brandon is a caring, generous young man who -- it's later revealed -- is quite rich and philanthropic.
Violence & Scariness
Some pushing, shoving, and trash talking that leads to a dance-off. The movie starts at a girls' juvenile detention center where the girls are hostile toward each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to young women's "hot" and "fine" bodies and whether a couple is sleeping together. A few kisses between older teens.
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Frequent use of the words "s--t" and "bitch," as well as "ass," Spanish curse words like "mierda," and insults like "damn," "stupid," and "'ho."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking by older teens and college-aged students at a couple of clubs. Mention of drugs and drug dealing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sequel to the 2003 dance movie Honey follows the same general pattern and deals with similar themes of sexuality, class, race, and how easily kids from gritty neighborhoods can fall into trouble. There's some strong language ("s--t," "bitch," "ass"), a couple of scenes of passionate kissing, some provocative dancing, and a few Spanish curse words. There are also a few positive lessons about using your talent, not falling for a smooth-talking jerk, and not judging others based on their background. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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