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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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Raymond (as Zachary Isaiah Williams)
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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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5 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$30,222,640 (USA) (13 February 2004)
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Trivia

The film is inspired by the life of choreographer Laurieann Gibson, she also appears in the film as the main character's rival, Katrina, and worked as the film's choreographer. She would reprise her role in the sequel Honey 2 (2011) although she is credited as Rebecca for some reason. See more »

Goofs

When Honey is distributing posters with her father, as the camera pans out after they put up the poster you can see "Queen Video" on a sign across the street, indicating not New York City but Queen St. W in Toronto. See more »

Quotes

Michael Ellis: Katrina is the shit. She just did Ginuwine's new video.
Missy Elliott: I don't care if she just showed Michael Jackson how to Harlem shake. I said I want Honey. Honey Daniels. Duh.
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Referenced in Dance Flick (2009) See more »

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Written by Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins, Kenneth Pratt
Produced by Rodney Jerkins for Darkchild.com
Performed by Ginuwine
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Oh, are you fo' real?
1 February 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I got a three pack on a DVD at Wal Mart for ten dollars a few weeks ago and Honey was on the cover, never saw the movie, wasn't really interested when it came out, but I figured why not see it for ten dollars? Sounds silly, but who knows? Sometimes you find little treasures here and there that are cheap, plus, I remember that this was the film that really introduced Jessica Alba to the movie business industry. Of course, she's really huge now, and judging from this film, Honey that I watched last night, I have to say other than her looks, I am surprised she made it this far. I don't mean to sound horrible on the film or anything, but this just seemed like a giant rap video for me and the plot was way too average and predictable with some cheesy street slang.

Honey Daniels has three jobs: a bartender, a sales girl at a CD store, and also a dance teacher at her mom's little business to keep kids off the street. But more than anything, Honey wants to be a music video back up dancer. Her wishes come true when a director, Michael, welcomes her to the dance floor and makes her a choreographer. All her dreams are coming true, until she realizes that she forgets the more important things in life that mean so much to her. She eventually wants to open a club of her own to help out the neighborhood kids.

Honey has the typical street slang which I didn't find attractive, you just can't take it seriously. Alba, she's such a pretty girl, BUT, I'm very sorry, the girl cannot act, I didn't feel an ounce of sympathy or compassion for her character, she played off as this naive little thing, when she could have played it more smart and strong. Not to mention what was the whole Missy Elliot dialog? "What is this? This? This? Ugh? Ugh?"... it was supposed to be funny, but Missy comes off flat. Mekhi should have had more screen time, the guy is the only one with talent in the film. The dance moves are good, but I just wish they wouldn't have made this into a giant rap video.

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