I can’t dance at all, so why did I pay to see the dance movie “Honey” on the big screen? Jessica freaking’ Alba, that’s why.
“Honey” came out in 2003 when I was still a Jessica Alba fan thanks to her work in “Dark Angel” and “Idle Hands.” However, I have to admit that I was a fan because she was hot, and not because she was a good actress. And don’t judge me, I know there were plenty of guys just like me back then.
Anyway’s, “Honey” starred Ms. Alba as Honey Daniels, Lil’ Romeo as Benny, and Mekhi Phifer as Chaz. In the movie Jessica Alba works as a dance instructor in a neighborhood center, and one day she discovers Lil’ Romeo and his friends break-dancing in the streets. She mentors them or something, until the city inspectors shut down the center because of leaks and other unsafe conditions. I can’t imagine the building conditions happened overnight, so I don’t know why that place was still open.
In need of a new job, Honey is soon discovered by a big music video director/producer, who lures her away from her old neighborhood and friends. Honey accepts the job in the hopes that she can earn enough money to reopen the center. But thing go south at her new job when her new boss pulls a Roger Aisles on her.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Lil’ Romeo get arrested during a drug bust. If I remembe rright, he was trying to joining his brother’s gang or something, and only he got caught of course And oh yeah, Honey’s mom hates the idea of her becoming a dancer, but I don’t think she ever said why.
Since this is a movie, time to re-open the center is quickly running out. Then, local barber Mekhi Phifer tells Honey there is an empty church nearby that could be borrowed for an evening, giving Alba and the kids a chance to use the old church to put on a show to raise money for the community center.
So did Honey and the kids save the community center? Did Honey end up with the honest and dependable neighborhood barber who loves her? You gotta see the movie to find out.
“Honey” is a bad movie with some terrible performances. It was trying to be Footloose for a new generation, but it just didn’t work. The only part that made me laugh was the short cameo by Missy Elliott. I’m sure this movie was intended to cement Jessica Alba as a movie star, but that didn’t really work out.
Unbelievably, “Honey” spawned a 2011 sequel, and “Honey 3: Dare to Dance” arrives next month. Both sequels have different casts, so I’m not sure why they’re called Honey at all.