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Honey (2003)

  Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Written by: Alonzo Brown, Kim Watson
Starring: Jessica Alba, David Moscow, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Zachary Williams
Links: Honey on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Dance Dance Revulsion" - a review by mino

Honey tells the heartwarming-if-you're-an-idiot story of Honey Daniels, an inner-city dance teacher with a heart of gold who dreams of making it big as a dancer in hip-hop music videos.

It's not, in case you couldn't guess from that description, a very good movie.

My biggest complaint with Honey is that it's just too… too. It's ‘too’ everything. It's too schmaltzy, it tries too hard to have ‘cred’, the little kids in it are too cute, Honey is too nice, the messages are too obvious, and so on. If you're going to punch out a cookie-cutter movie on the Script-O-Tron 9000, fine; but on Honey, I think they turned all the dials up to eleven.

While the idea behind the story — letting disadvantaged street kiddies express themselves via their art — is a noble one, you have to draw the line somewhere. Letting disadvantaged kids dance, fine: letting them pen the script to a movie, as I assume happened here, is perhaps a bit much. It's hard to underestimate the quality of the script here: no matter how earnest the lines are delivered, and by gum they try hard, it's just so bleh that there's no redeeming it.

The dialogue here is awful, no two ways about it. The script, in fact, is so unintentionally bad, that I wonder if video stores shouldn't put it in the ‘Comedy’ section. Maybe just relaunch the video, calling it something like National Lampoon's Honey, and no-one would be the wiser. Instant comedy classic.

Add in the ridiculously heavy-handed schmaltz factor — and we're not talking ham-fisted here, we're talking whole-suckling-pig-with-an-apple-in-its-mouth-fisted — and you've got a movie that can only really be classified as second-rate melodrama.

There's an awfully plodding love story (Honey's love interest, Chaz, is played by a supremely-bored-looking Mekhi Phifer), and a pantomime villian (David Moscow) so disconcertingly feeble at being… well, bad… that, frankly, you're actually hoping he'll get the girl just to spite the wet dishrag that is Chaz.

I'm willing to concede that there are certain aspects of the film which are not without its charms to some folk, I'm sure. Jessica Alba is fairly easy on the eye, I'll grant you, and I suspect that this played a large part in her casting, given she spends most of the film wearing next to nothing. The Venus de Milo is easy on the eye as well, though, and I can't say I am greatly desirous of seeing it star in a major motion picture. Alba, unfortunately, has the emotional range of an eggplant. Sure, she's one of the best actors in the movie, but that's saying something about everyone else, not about her.

I'm sure there were a bunch of cameos in the film, which might interest star-spotters, but apart from that there's not much else on offer. Well, I assume they were cameos by famous people, as they were certainly very loudly announced as such. I have no idea who any of them are — except for Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliot, who alarmingly manages to steal the show — but that's probably my fault for not liking hip-hop. Maybe Harmonica Sunbeam is someone I should know, but somehow I doubt it.

I'm sure that there are certain demographics who would find a movie about hip-hop dancing kids to be positively wonderful. I'm equally sure that I'm not in that demographic. I'm more in the ‘Why in the name of all that's holy would anyone want to do a hip-hop cover of Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World? Why, God, why?’ demographic.

And that, I believe, is where I shall stay.

mino gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 23 Feb 2004

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Reader comments

  1. I loved the movie

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Catherine on Wed 16 Jun 2004 21:34 #

  2. Great music

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Mergan on Wed 16 Jun 2004 21:35 #

  3. this movie is great i think it inspires young children and makes them believe tht they can make it big they just gotta believe

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from laura on Wed 28 Jul 2004 01:38 #

  4. Yep. All you gotta do to make it big is believe.

    And look like Jessica Alba.

    A comment from nofreelist's own mino on Wed 28 Jul 2004 10:15 #

  5. I think the movie honey is excellent. Jessica Alba plays the main part really well and i think she brings alot of character to the film.
    The dancers are amazing and it really shows how talented some children are when they get the chance to shine.
    The script is very real life and is simple to follow but not to simple.
    This is a extremly good movie and would rate it 10 out of 10.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from princess on Tue 31 Aug 2004 05:35 #

  6. i loved the movie honey!soo much i now have started a hip hop class. ilove the music in the movie too

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from farren fimognari on Sat 18 Sep 2004 16:54 #

  7. whats wrong with you people relax watch this movie feel good and for once dont think too much!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from talei on Fri 01 Oct 2004 00:45 #

  8. da best movie ever

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from jess on Fri 19 Nov 2004 12:02 #

  9. da best movie ever

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from jess on Fri 19 Nov 2004 12:02 #

  10. loved da movie

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from jessica on Fri 19 Nov 2004 12:03 #

  11. yeah pretty predictable and jessica...really needs some acting classes. seems Dark Angel is where her limits lie. dissappointment.

    Rating given: 4

    A comment from aimee on Sat 27 Nov 2004 22:09 #

  12. Hey, i liked the movie Honey.. And i jut have one thing to ask you Aimee.. What exactly do you expect from an actress? Since your saying that she need some acting class.. What did she do wrong in this movie? I think Jessica Alba is great, so i just cant understand why you say shes not a good actress.. And she is better than ever in Dark Angel. She just kicks ass in those series (literally too..)So this is my oppineon, and i would like an answer too.. What did she do wrong that makes you say she needs acting classes..?

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Camilla on Mon 13 Dec 2004 08:11 #

  13. hey, this movie soo relates to me cause i have the same dreams of honey by being in video clips. can you Alonzo Brown and Kim Watson please get together again and write HONEY 2. but if so please have the some actor's and actress's. thank you please write back to my letter

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Lucy on Mon 17 Jan 2005 22:21 #

  14. hi, this is the best movie i have seen in a long time! i would love to follow in honeys fotsteps! i also think that casper is sooooooo fit. please reply back!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Emma on Sat 19 Feb 2005 00:51 #

  15. Best film eva watch it ova and ova again and da moves r wicked

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Missy on Sun 13 Mar 2005 06:25 #

  16. i adore this film! its the new age flashdance! Love the casting! 1 question i really need the answer to >> Does anyone know where i can veiw the script to this film on the net? email me anytime! cheers! Xxx

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Amy on Wed 16 Mar 2005 03:06 #

  17. i think this movie is awsome!!!!and i love the dancing in it and i think the end dance was amazin!!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from emily on Fri 25 Mar 2005 10:33 #

  18. LOl!! thatv was nice movie often se it thrice a week I never got bored with it.all actors keep it up form yoing to old

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from susan from china on Mon 04 Apr 2005 20:45 #

  19. it was so cool i nearly cried

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from but on Fri 29 Apr 2005 15:51 #

  20. Oh my god. this is by far the best movie ever!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Steph on Fri 27 May 2005 07:32 #

  21. THE MOVIE IS FANTASTIC BECAUSE OF THIS MOVIE I WANNA GET KIDS OF THE STREETS AND INTO DANCE WERE I LIVE KIDS ARE DANCING ON THE STREETS.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from HONEY WANA BE on Thu 30 Jun 2005 19:59 #

  22. i really like honey, very good movie and she is so pretty...jesse brown is hot!

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from melanie on Fri 01 Jul 2005 17:11 #

  23. Ever since I watched this movie i danced hip hop I LOVED this moved

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from hannah on Fri 08 Jul 2005 12:07 #

  24. hi i always dance on the streets so i no the experience solook jesse brown and romeo are 4 me and not 4 u if u try and take my place ill get my fist and smash ure faces so bak off rite!!!luvin ya raymond.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from $babigirl$ on Fri 12 Aug 2005 06:56 #

  25. I liked everything about the movie. The music was great, the dance moves were awsome. I like Jessica Alba in that movie, she plays the best part.Everyone says I look like her, and I would love to learn the dances

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Jessica on Fri 19 Aug 2005 00:54 #

  26. Really gd movie! Can watch it over and over again!....Love the dancing!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Em on Sat 20 Aug 2005 04:42 #

  27. i loved the movie but you need to see more of jesse dancing cuz hes gorgous

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from kyla on Mon 05 Sep 2005 18:36 #

  28. I think Honey is soooo kwel man ive seen it sooo many tyms nd i think casper da 1 who does da 1 hand thing nd puts his hat bk on is sooo cute nd hot nd i think lil'Romeo us hot 2 nd i also luv hiphop nd i do hiphop 2

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Alysha on Sun 11 Sep 2005 16:42 #

  29. casper is da 1 wif da blak nd white hat nd is sooooo cute nd if u no hu he is can u email plz nd hiphop is soooo mch fun i say go nd do it u'll hav fun

    A comment from Alysha on Sun 11 Sep 2005 16:45 #

  30. um if u do honey2 cn u gt sum actors frm nz cos i will b keen so pl,z cn u do a movie honey2 plz plz plz

    A comment from Alysha on Sun 11 Sep 2005 16:49 #

  31. honey rocks!!

    anyone who knows =Casper= please email me! spitzy_always@hotmail.com

    he is just too hot!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Witch_cat on Sat 24 Sep 2005 18:21 #

  32. honey is da best movie eva it is da best and romeo and raymond r so fit fanx

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from lils on Sat 01 Oct 2005 06:38 #

  33. i want to learn the dance moves from honey

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from mariah on Mon 10 Oct 2005 08:29 #

  34. omg yer casper is gowjus! ladiez keep youre hands owf him he's mine lol...lurve the "i believe" dance is amazing xxx

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from fran on Wed 26 Oct 2005 23:46 #

  35. omg, casper is so fit, n so is lil romeo but not as nice as casper, does ani 1 no his real name?

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from charlotte on Thu 03 Nov 2005 06:13 #

  36. Nicole is the best in that film!!! you can see that he is profesional dancer:) I love him:)

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Monica on Mon 28 Nov 2005 22:50 #

  37. i absolutly lv da film i wan it 4 crimbo me n ma mates have done a dance to i believe best film eva

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from niamh on Sat 10 Dec 2005 05:37 #

  38. i love d film it iz well wkd jessica iz a gd acta. romeo iz well buuf bring out a hunry2 plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from keli on Tue 10 Jan 2006 04:34 #

  39. I thought dis film was gr8t nd there shud defeantly be a Honey2. I think Honey is a brill dancer she shud go professional

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from vicky on Tue 24 Jan 2006 02:58 #

  40. I thought dis film was well gud coz it shows how da industry can be well unfair coz wen Michelle goes to kiss Honey nd she turns him dwn he thn sacks her pure fuckin shan LOL

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from natalie on Tue 24 Jan 2006 03:01 #

  41. ....everytime i watch this movie i enter this world of dreams..because it's in only one hour and a bit that i can live my dream...thats exactly what i want to do. I love dancing, you don't understand what it means to me...it's a feeling i just can't explain and when honey came out i realised that perhaps one day my dream may come true...all i gotta do is believe in myself. So i just wanna thank everyone in that movie, because they are all a true inspiration to me.

    A comment from Martina on Thu 16 Feb 2006 09:34 #

  42. this was the worst fucking movie i have ever seen and jessica alba is shit actor b.i.t.c.h

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from hodon on Tue 28 Feb 2006 17:46 #

  43. really cool

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from georgia on Mon 06 Mar 2006 15:05 #

  44. u can shut up hodon this movie is great and de best when im older i wanna be a dance teacher like honey and i belive i can do it.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from rosie on Thu 09 Mar 2006 04:36 #

  45. i thought 'honey' was a great movie. it was one of the best movies i've seen since 'dirty dancing. all the kids in it are so talented and the songwriters who wrote the songs to 'honey' are so gifted!!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from stacey on Sat 11 Mar 2006 10:48 #

  46. i think this film is absolutly brill i really like it its boss

    A comment from eden jacobs on Sat 08 Apr 2006 03:24 #

  47. this film truly inspired me! im really into dancing etc, but ive never been to any dance classes! ive choreographered school dances and musicals, and ive been into many shows and comps. everytime i see the film HONEY i wana dance, its my dream!

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Alex on Thu 20 Apr 2006 06:52 #

  48. This is the greatest film ever!It is very optimistic!When im not feeling right i just see this movie and i really feel better!I love hiphop yall hip hop is my life!maybe someday ill be just like Honey!Honey is my inspiration and my idol and so is jessica alba

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Xenia on Mon 12 Jun 2006 05:29 #

  49. hehe, yes this movie rox

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from marie on Mon 12 Jun 2006 16:53 #

  50. u hella stupid jessica is a fuck'n gud actor\dancer so shut dat up n if u got a problem call me up at (510)435-7042 person dat lef da rude comment ill b wait'n call me. respect it\accept it\cause u aint go check it

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Desariah on Sun 25 Jun 2006 20:38 #

  51. this movie was great i loved it it had many whays to show children how to dance and encourage them to get off there bums and take up a sport such as dancing AND TOLD THEM THEY CAN DO ANYTHING IF THEY BELIVE IN THEM SELFS AND THAT WILL MAKE THERE DREAMS COME TRUE IF ONLY THEY BELIVE LOVED IT 5 OUT OF 5

    A comment from MGGS on Wed 28 Jun 2006 19:02 #

  52. i think this video iz awesome nd i luv tha end dance

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from hannah on Tue 11 Jul 2006 04:02 #

  53. when i first borrowed tha movie i thought it was gonna b all boring and stuff but once i watched it i couldnt stop i absoloutly loved it it is my 1# movie

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Kelsey on Sat 15 Jul 2006 10:28 #

  54. i luved the movie it was off da' hook

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Destinee on Sun 16 Jul 2006 08:40 #

  55. ! LOV3D D!S MOV!3

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from kelly on Thu 10 Aug 2006 12:24 #

  56. !T WUZ R3ALLY COOL DA DANC!N TH3
    MUS!C N 3V3R TH!NG !T WUZ HOT

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from kelly on Thu 10 Aug 2006 12:26 #

  57. I love da movie nigga wat E.S.T!!!!!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from dog pound on Sun 13 Aug 2006 03:08 #

  58. !!!!IT$ A ME@N MOVIE GO M@ LIL BROD@$ ROMEO U D@ BE$T @N MaOrI sYd 4 lIfE!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from HUNADOGG on Sun 13 Aug 2006 03:14 #

  59. can we watch it here on this site or what?

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jennifer on Mon 22 Jan 2007 15:43 #

  60. I THINK THAT JESSIE BROWN IS HOT!!!!!!! ¢¾ HE IS THE BEST LOOKING IN THE MOVIE....HE PLAYS ON OTHER MOVIES BUT THE MOVIE HONEY WAS GOOD NOT GREAT BUT GOOD..I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE MORE MOVIES THAT ARE LIKE HONEY ........JESSIE CASPER BROWN IS HOT¢¾¢¾¢¾¢¾¢¾

    Rating given: 6

    A comment from alexis on Wed 09 Apr 2008 06:21 #

  61. Oh my god.Jesse is so hot!My other friend,Lilani might have commented to,but I like you the most!Honey is so great.If anyone has any information about Jesse,email me at pippia06@hotmail.com!Thanks. xoxoxox, Jess and Lilani

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jess on Tue 29 Jul 2008 10:35 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.47 (55 ratings)

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