What do you get when you combine a hot body, hip-hop and a non-existent plot? You get a very sexy Jessica Alba in the PG-13-rated Honey, a surprisingly decent though ultimately uninspiring dance "drama."
Alba stars as the title character, a hip-hop teacher who is as tough as she is good-looking. Her dream comes true when she is hired as a dance choreographer for a music video company, but then everything comes shattering down when her boss makes a move on her and she is blacklisted from the industry. She then returns to what she loves most - teaching hip-hop - and sets out to start her own dance studio, but lacking money, it is going to take a miracle to get things going... Of course, as you might expect, everything turns out fine in the end.
Honey is not a deep movie. In fact, there is hardly a deep moment in the entire film. That being said, it isn't trying to be. Much of the movie is occupied by dancers doing some incredibly good moves, and when the director made this movie, that was exactly his intention. Of course, this may or may not be an excuse, but for the most part, I never became bored of the movie, and that says something. I was expecting some cheesy drama that I would want to turn off after half an hour, but I was pulled into the story just enough to enjoy it. I wouldn't want to watch it again, but if I was forced to, with a gun to my head, it wouldn't be a big deal.
Being of the male species, the one big seller of the movie is the physique and face of Alba. Had the main character been ugly, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed Honey nearly as much, but since the main character isn't ugly, it was not too much of a hassle to stare at the screen for 90 minutes. Alba is extremely sexy here, and she also does a decent job in the lead.
If this review seems vague, it is intentional. Basically, those who like these mindless dance movies may get a kick out of it. Guys who think Alba is hot may be able to tolerate it. Everyone else should not even bother. Honey is not a terrible movie by any stretch of the imagination, but lacks the goods to separate it from the dozens of other similar movies that have faded away into oblivion.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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