MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba of TVs Dark Angel) dreams of making it big as a hip-hop dancer in this drama. She works two jobs and teaches street dancing to inner-city youth. Her mother and father, who operate a community center in a poor section of New York City, encourage Honey to see the world and not waste her life helping in the center. Honey becomes a professional dancer and gets her opportunity. Soon, she is choreographing music videos for top-selling rappers. But her career derails, leaving her out of dancing, when she refuses the romantic advances of her boss (David Moscow). Meanwhile, Honey has befriended a young boy whose family has been corrupted by drugs. She realizes that dancing could save youth from a life on the streets. She pays the down payment on an old building to turn it into a dance studio. A friend encourages her to hold a benefit performance to raise the rest of the money, but her former boss offers her another position as a dancer. She must choose between her career and helping at-risk kids.

Backed by good intentions, this film tries to send some positive messages, but it fails to hit its mark. The heroine has a heart to help street kids and takes time out of her busy schedule to look after children of drug addicts. The heroines parents are two loving adults who want the best for their daughter. Continually highlighted are the virtues of serving others, sticking by your friends and protecting those in need. The movie tries to show that when adults invest time in young people, the young people make better life decisions. Honeys friend cares enough to tell her the truth even though Honey may not like it. Sadly, the script contains crude and obscene language and numerous scenes with scantily dressed women and men, including the heroine. Honey is not as sweet as it could be.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Universal Pictures

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Crude Language: Many (19) times mild 8, strong 11

Obscene Language: Many (10) times strong (s-word 10)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (G 1); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Few times mild (boy is hit by father off screen, boys steal kids shoes, man threatens woman, boy arrested for selling drugs)

Sex: None

Nudity: Many times mild (many scenes with scantily dressed women and men)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many moderate (dancers make sexual gyrations with their hips, man tries to grab woman inappropriately, woman fondles her own breasts in front of crowd, women talk about men in sexual way)

Drugs: Alcohol, smoking, drugs, kids selling drugs, parent a crack head

Other: Gang members dont visit friend in jail, but community worker does; man prays for another man in a mocking way; woman wears a cross but dances with few clothes on in other scenes; woman thinks man wants to take pictures of her nude; woman loves being a bartender)

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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