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Honey (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 5 December 2003 (USA)
Honey is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry.

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Joey
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Honey Daniels is a 22-year-old, sexy, tough-minded, part-black, part-Latina hip-hop dancer in New York's East Harlem who dreams of making it big as a music video choreographer. She teaches hip-hop dancing at a local youth center and encourages the local kids to attend to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. When luck shines on Honey in the form of a famous music video director, named Michael, who casts her in one music video, she's encouraged to make the transition from dancer to choreographer. But Honey's sudden success comes with a price when Michael refuses to take "no" for an answer to his sexual advances and then tries to sabotage her career by blackballing her out of the business. Written by matt-282

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Her dream. Her terms.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,856,040 (USA) (5 December 2003)

Gross:

$30,222,640 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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The shortest film in the Honey trilogy with a runtime of 94 minutes while Honey 2 (2011) and Honey 3 (2016) have runtimes of 110 and 97 minutes respectively. See more »

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When Honey and Raymond are out looking for his brother Benny, they see him entering a restaurant and they start to cross the street, but in the next scene he is already eating a big plate of food when they approach him. From the time it took them to cross the street and enter the restaurant, he could not have had the time to order, receive and start eating his food. See more »

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Missy Elliott: [to limo driver] You big dummy! How the hell you don't know how to get to the BQE? Let me tell you something: If you make me miss my hook-up with miss Honey Daniels, I'm gonna barbeque your Big-Bird-looking, Men-In-Black-wannabe, driving Miss Daisy ass!
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Followed by Honey 3: Dare to Dance (2016) See more »

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On the Wall
Written by Rodney Jerkins and Norman Gregg
Produced by Rodney Jerkins for Darkchild.com
Performed by Fats
Courtesy of Darkchild Entertainment
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well-intentioned but silly film
14 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews



Credit `Honey' with at least having its heart in the right place – even if its brain isn't always so easy to find. The ever sunny and optimistic Honey Daniels holds down two jobs in her increasingly hectic life – a bartender by night and a hip hop dance instructor by day. She has hopes of one day appearing in a music video, a dream that comes true when she catches the eye of a big time producer named Michael Ellis. Not only is Honey a smash in her first video appearance, but Michael immediately hires her as choreographer for one of his projects. As is typical in these strive-and-succeed tales, Honey soon discovers that success is not all that it's cracked up to be when Michael reveals his true colors, setting up conditions for her continued employment that she hadn't quite counted on (in other words, `put out or pull out'). But the always-undaunted Honey is not about to be knocked down that easily. She uses this little setback to start thinking less about herself and more about the street kids whom she sees turning into drug dealers and gangsters right before her rose-colored eyes. Filled with a righteous zeal and determination, she rallies the neighborhood to raise money for a new dance studio that can get the youngsters off the street, channel their energies in a more positive direction, and turn their lives around.

Only the most Scrooge-like curmudgeon could object to the positive, laudatory, pull-yourself-up-by–the-bootstraps message the film is trying to convey, and one would have to be downright inhuman not to feel uplifted by the final dance sequence. But good intentions and noble aspirations do not, in and of themselves, make for a quality film, and `Honey' is a long way from fitting that bill. The movie wants to be taken seriously as a realistic view of urban life but very little of what we see ever rings true, starting with Honey herself who, with her invariably perky demeanor, seems like a cross between Little Mary Sunshine and Mother Teresa in form fitting jeans and matching halter top. Everything that happens to her – from her meteoric rise in the music video world to her purchase of an empty store for her new dance studio to the benefit performance she and her dancers stage to raise the money for the project – all come about way too easily and with virtually no noticeable effort on her part. We never believe for a moment that any of this would happen in this way in the real world. Thus, `Honey' is really little more than an urban fairy tale, fine for children, I suppose, but not of much use for adults with a more pragmatic understanding of how life actually works.

Jessica Alba is no great shakes as an actress, though she has an infectious smile and a bubbly demeanor that work well on screen. But it is Zachary Williams, as the adorable, gap-toothed eight-year-old Raymond, who steals the show. Now that is one hell of an endearing little kid.


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