Honey (2003)


Critic Consensus: An attractive Jessica Alba and energetic dance numbers provide some lift to this corny and formulaic movie.


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Dark Angel-lead Jessica Alba stars in the title role of this film, the feature debut from music-video director Bille Woodruff. Honey is a girl from the streets who works in a record store, teaches the occasional dance class at a community center, and treks downtown every weekend to hit the clubs and try out some new moves. There, she meets a music video producer (David Moscow) who offers her a chance to be a choreographer -- but at a price she eventually learns she's unwilling to pay. Determined to pick herself back up, Honey goes back to the inner-city of her youth with plans of starting a dance school. Lil' Romeo co-stars as Honey's protege; other real-life musicians (including Missy Elliott, Tweet, Jay-Z, and Ginuwine) appear as themselves.

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Jessica Alba
as Honey Daniels
David Moscow
as Michael Ellis
Lonnette McKee
as Mrs. Daniels
Lonette McKee
as Mrs. Daniels
Judi Embden
as Mrs. Strom
as Himself
Paul Mota
as Officer Rodriguez
as Himself
Christian Monzon
as bar customer
Al Shearer
as Bar Customer
O'Neal McNight
as Katrina's Friend
Sara Francis
as Leticia
Ivan Velez
as Street Dancer
Jeremy Cedeno
as Street Dancer
Nicole Neal
as Street Dancer
Suga May
as Street Dancer
Damien Luvara
as Neighborhood Guy
Sean Newman
as Neighborhood Guy
Anthony Sherwood
as Mr. Daniels
Lee Smart
as Casting Director
as B.B.
Tracy Dawson
as Assistant Director
Brandi Marie Ward
as Choreographer
Jordan Madley
as Honey's Friend
Natalie Johnson
as Honey's Friend
Lyriq Bent
as Barber
O'Neal McKnight
as Katrina's Friend
Judy Embden
as Mrs. Storm
Edney Hendrickson
as 2nd Assistant Director
Roy Anderson
as Undercover Cop
Sheek Louch
as Himself
Shawn Desman
as Himself
Alan Shearer
as bar customer
as Herself
Ivan "Flipz" Velez
as Street Dancer
as Dancer
as Dancer
Ron Bedeau
as Dancer
as Dancer
as Dancer
Lee Erdman
as Dancer
as Dancer
Shara Kim
as Dancer
as dancer
Kojo Mayne
as Dancer
Sonya Pead
as Dancer
Jeff Wong
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Honey

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (34)

This is fairy tale stuff, its saintly hip-hop heroine far too worthy for comfort and its dialogue hilariously banal.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

So riddled with limp clichés that it doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure.

Dec 10, 2003

The girl's gotta dance -- and meets little resistance -- in this hip-hop take on an age-old theme.

Dec 9, 2003

The star-is-born trajectory nourishes some howlers ... as well as a thumpingly unsubtle portrayal of the creative process.

Dec 9, 2003 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's so predictable.

Dec 8, 2003

There's an entertainingly ludicrous movie lurking somewhere inside of the ludicrous, mediocre one this actually is.

Dec 6, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Honey


Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Not bad for a dance film fitting in around the hip-hop scene. It has a good cast, some good dance scenes but not with any real wow factor. Unfortunately it becomes all a bit predictable and it's not as dramatic as I think they hoped for. It's no Save the last dance, but still not bad for a dance flick.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Such an inspirational film. The soundtrack was amazing and the ending of the film couldn't help but make you smile. Full of positivity and really motivates you. It wasn't a bad film for Jessica Alba to start with at all.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

"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 cliché 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.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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