Bille Woodruff (2003)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Jessica Alba, who made her name as the star of TV's Dark Angel, struggles to "keep it real" in this spirited urban drama. The debut feature of music-video director Bille Woodruff, it's like a hip-hop/R&B version of Flashdance, complete with acres of flesh and titillating dance routines. Alba is the eponymous Honey, an aspiring choreographer who's given a big break by a sleazy white video director, only to realise that her heart lies with the underprivileged neighbourhood kids she'd previously taught dance classes to. With cameos by top acts such as Tweet and Missy Elliott, there's plenty for fans of the music to enjoy, even if the cautionary tale is as simplistic as it is idealistic. The visuals and styling also add to the "ghetto fabulous" energy, though the corny dialogue and stereotypical characters do the film no favours. Alba looks fabulous and she certainly has the moves, but it's child actors Lil' Romeo and Zachary Isaiah Williams who steal the show.



Cast & Crew

Honey Daniels Jessica Alba
Chaz Mekhi Phifer
Gina Joy Bryant
Benny Lil' Romeo
Michael Ellis David Moscow
Mrs Daniels Lonette McKee
Raymond Zachary Isaiah Williams
Katrina Laurie Ann Gibson
Mr Daniels Anthony Sherwood
Missy Elliot Missy Elliott
Director Bille Woodruff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for language, sexual references and drug references.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Mar 2004