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Honey (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 5 December 2003 (USA)
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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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Bille Woodruff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Honey Daniels
Mekhi Phifer ... Chaz
Romeo Miller ... Benny (as Lil' Romeo)
Joy Bryant ... Gina
David Moscow ... Michael Ellis
Lonette McKee ... Mrs. Daniels
Zachary Isaiah Williams ... Raymond
Christian Monzon ... Bar Customer
Al Shearer ... Bar Customer
Jull Weber Jull Weber ... Joey
Laurieann Gibson ... Katrina (as Laurie Ann Gibson)
O'Neal McKnight O'Neal McKnight ... Katrina's Friend (as O'Neal McNight)
Kevin Duhaney Kevin Duhaney ... Otis
William Omar Tobar William Omar Tobar ... Beat Boxer
Ivan 'Flipz' Velez Ivan 'Flipz' Velez ... Street Dancer
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Her dream. Her terms.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

UIP [France] | Universal.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cukercek See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,856,040, 7 December 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,222,640, 16 February 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gina: Well, there's only one world - the real world - and in that world if a man takes a woman out on a Friday night in her hooker heels and she can't bring her homegirl, he tryin' to get some booty.
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Connections

Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule
Written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes, Nas (as Nasir Jones), Jean Claude Olivier, Samuel J. Barnes, Amerie (as Amerie Mi Marie Rogers)
Performed by Nas (as NAS) featuring Amerie
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Oh, are you fo' real?
1 February 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee 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.

2/10


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