HONEY

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Release Date: December 05, 2003

Starring: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, and Lil’ Romeo

Genre: Musical Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder The ads for
HONEY suggest that this movie
might be more racy than it is,
especially considering the
PG-13 rating. Although it does
contain some material that’s
not appropriate for children,
the heart of the movie turns
out to be a morally uplifting
story of one woman who sets
aside her career goals to help
the youths in her
neighborhood. Jessica Alba
stars as Honey Daniels, an
aspiring hip hop dancer in New
York City who works as a
bartender at night and teaches
ghetto youths how to dance at
her mother’s rundown youth
center. Michael, a music video
director, catches a video of
Honey dancing at her club
after her shift is over. He
asks her to dance in one of
his videos. In fact, he
decides that she has the moves
to be the lead dancer. Soon,
Honey is choreographing
Michael’s videos and gives
the dance class over to her
friend. Things are going so
well that, when the youth
center has to close due to
some flooding, Honey begins to
make a down payment on her own
dance studio to help her
friends, including a little
boy, Raymond, and his talented
older brother, Bennie, who are
in danger of being swept up in
the drug dealing lifestyle in
the neighborhood. One night,
Michael makes a pass at Honey,
who slaps his face and storms
out. The next day, Michael
cancels her scheduled dance
video using the two brothers
and the other young dancers in
her class. Michael blackballs
Honey from getting another
job, which prevents her from
coming up with the rest of the
down payment for the dance
studio. With the kid’s help,
Honey decides to put on a
dance benefit in an abandoned
church to raise the rest of
the money. Mekhi Phifer plays
Honey’s new boyfriend who
helps her out. Taking kids off
dangerous streets and giving
them a positive outlet for
their energy becomes the
primary goal for the title
character in this movie.
Although there are a few sexy
dance numbers in the movie,
HONEY also contains other
dance numbers that are
wholesome. In fact, the dance
number before the final
credits is a rousing community
dance where the children and
all of Honey’s other dancing
friends and students in the
neighborhood strut their stuff
before a packed audience. In
effect, the abandoned
Christian church sanctifies
their efforts, and all’s
well that ends well. Despite
some objectionable elements,
therefore, HONEY becomes an
uplifting, moral tale that
will inspire many viewers. Its
story and characters may be
somewhat predictable and
remind one of all those
predictable but heartwarming
musicals from Hollywood’s
Golden Age, but it’s great
to see a movie like this have
something more on its mind
than just getting fame and
fortune and landing the boy.
The results of Honey’s
compassion for the youth in
her neighborhood may even
bring a tear or two. Now, how
cool is that? Please address
your comments to: Stacey
Snider, Chairman Universal
Pictures Ron Meyer,
President/COO Universal
Studios 100 Universal City
Plaza Universal City, CA
91608-1085 Phone: (818)
777-1000 Web Page:
www.universalstudios.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(C, BB, LL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Light Christian worldview with solid moral elements about maintaining your moral purity and integrity and sacrificing to help the children in your community; 16 obscenities and one light profanity; woman slaps man for making a pass and drug dealer threatens young woman; a couple sexual references (nothing heavy) and some light suggestive dancing; no nudity, but some female cleavage, midriffs shown, and girls sometimes wear short skirts or shorts; alcohol use and heroine works part time in a nightclub as a bartender; implied drug dealing is strongly rebuked; and, nothing else objectionable.

GENRE: Musical Drama

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Summary:

In HONEY, an aspiring music video dancer and choreographer tries to help take kids off the streets by raising money for a dance studio in her New York City neighborhood. Despite some mature audience elements, HONEY is an uplifting, ultimately moral story that may inspire many viewers.

Review:

The ads for HONEY suggest that this movie might be more racy than it is, especially considering the PG-13 rating. Although it does contain some material that’s not appropriate for children, the heart of the movie turns out to be a morally uplifting story of one woman who sets aside her career goals to help the youths in her neighborhood.

Jessica Alba stars as Honey Daniels, an aspiring hip hop dancer in New York City who works as a bartender at night and teaches ghetto youths how to dance at her mother’s rundown youth center. Michael, a music video director, catches a video of Honey dancing at her club after her shift is over. He asks her to dance in one of his videos. In fact, he decides that she has the moves to be the lead dancer. Soon, Honey is choreographing Michael’s videos and gives the dance class over to her friend. Things are going so well that, when the youth center has to close due to some flooding, Honey begins to make a down payment on her own dance studio to help her friends, including a little boy, Raymond, and his talented older brother, Bennie, who are in danger of being swept up in the drug dealing lifestyle in the neighborhood.

One night, Michael makes a pass at Honey, who slaps his face and storms out. The next day, Michael cancels her scheduled dance video using the two brothers and the other young dancers in her class. Michael blackballs Honey from getting another job, which prevents her from coming up with the rest of the down payment for the dance studio. With the kid’s help, Honey decides to put on a dance benefit in an abandoned church to raise the rest of the money. Mekhi Phifer plays Honey’s new boyfriend who helps her out.

Taking kids off dangerous streets and giving them a positive outlet for their energy becomes the primary goal for the title character in this movie. Although there are a few sexy dance numbers in the movie, HONEY also contains other dance numbers that are wholesome. In fact, the dance number before the final credits is a rousing community dance where the children and all of Honey’s other dancing friends and students in the neighborhood strut their stuff before a packed audience. In effect, the abandoned Christian church sanctifies their efforts, and all’s well that ends well.

Despite some objectionable elements, therefore, HONEY becomes an uplifting, moral tale that will inspire many viewers. Its story and characters may be somewhat predictable and remind one of all those predictable but heartwarming musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age, but it’s great to see a movie like this have something more on its mind than just getting fame and fortune and landing the boy. The results of Honey’s compassion for the youth in her neighborhood may even bring a tear or two. Now, how cool is that?

Please address your comments to:

Stacey Snider, Chairman

Universal Pictures

Ron Meyer, President/COO

Universal Studios

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608-1085

Phone: (818) 777-1000

Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

SUMMARY: In HONEY, an aspiring music video dancer and choreographer tries to help take kids off the streets by raising money for a dance studio in her New York City neighborhood. Despite some mature audience elements, HONEY is an uplifting, ultimately moral story that may inspire many viewers.

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