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Honey

drama, romance


Pulse-pounding music and awesome dance moves ignite this exhilarating story of one dancer's (Jessica Alba) passion, determination and finding the courage to follow your dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Honey is just dumb, but teens love it.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie sends mixed messages -- the language is strong for young teens including references to "hooker heels" and a Monica Lewinsky joke. There are some tense confrontations and threatened violence. Role models are confusing. Characters drink and sell drugs but in spite of the "hot" dancing, a strength of the movie is its portrayal of sexual values. Honey is very clear with her boss about boundaries and her romance with a local barber is sweet and understated.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Honey decided what was important to her and about the answer to the question, "How come you turned out so well?" They might also want to talk about what people a few years from now will think about the styles of dance and slang in this movie.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    21%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    71%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Jessica Alba adds the soothing honey to Honey.

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Friday, December 5, 2003

Audience Reviews

2 stars

"We just peoples." Can you believe that I once actually went to the movies to see this? Sure, I was like 16 at the time. And I was on a date. But that's still kind of embarrassing. You usually couldn't get me to touch one of these movies with a ten foot pole. The whole "dancing" genre just does not appeal to me in the least. But there's exceptions to every rule, and Jessica Alba is an exception to every rule. So against my better judgment, I gave Honey a try. Every imaginable clich from this kind of movie is conveniently collected here in one neat package. The impossibly sweet and sunny heroine with a heart of gold, who achieves her dreams of dancing, but must deal with the sinister pitfalls that come along with success. The stern, disapproving parent, who is totally convinced that their child is throwing away her talent. The rift that grows between the main character and her friend, as her career takes off. The perfectly diverse, multicultural cast. The whitewashed, sanitized view of "urban culture", where the only bad guys are the drug dealers (whom the precious children are saved from in the end, of course). And the horribly unnatural "slang", that no real person on earth actually speaks like. Some of the meager entertainment that Honey has to offer, comes from how forced and hilariously awkward the dialogue is. Your tolerance for all that could possibly be much higher than mine. I'm the guy who automatically turns up his nose at any dross like this, churned out just to appeal to young urban (a.k.a. black) people. Surprise, some of us are immune to this kind of derivative, pandering nonsense. What I am thoroughly UN-immune to, though, is attractive young actresses. The star of this movie, in particular. So maybe I'd better climb back down off my oh-so-high horse. Getting to see Jessica Alba half-dressed and dancing around suggestively - holds some appeal for me. Not nearly enough to rescue this movie, but enough to make me not rip it out of my DVD player and throw it in the garbage. What can I say? I'm male.

- lewiskendell, Sunday, June 20, 2010

3 stars

grr. this movie annoys me. i understand the impact it had on the dancing world, but whatever. jessica alba is seriously hot, though

- TomBowler, Friday, July 31, 2009

2 stars

I dont know.. if this is just me or this movie sucks big time.

- citawijaya, Wednesday, June 24, 2009