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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 12, 2003
51 out of 100

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(2003), PG-13 -- ... no chemistry or sparkle to speak of ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Bille Woodruff
Producer(s): Andre Harrell, Billy Higgins, Marc E. Platt
Written by: Alonzo Brown, Kim Watson
Cinematography/Camera: John R. Leonetti
Music: Rodney Jerkins, Ludacris, Mervyn Warren
Film Editing: Mark Helfrich, Emma E. Hickox
Casting: Aisha Coley, Michelle Morris
Production Design: Jasna Stefanovic
Art Direction: Anastasia Masaro

Remember Glitter from 2001? Substitute Honey (Jessica Alba) for Billie (Mariah Carrey) and you'll have a close facsimile of Honey except there are no doo-wap background singers in Honey since Honey Daniels is not trying to be a professional singer but a dancer in and choreographer of music videos. She finds a sugar daddy, Michael Ellis (David Moscow), a bigtime music video producer to help her through the ropes of climbing the ladder to notoriety. But, as with most Hollywood portrayals of sweet and innocent young girls trying to make it big in the performing arts, Ellis' help comes at a price; an immoral price.

Coming from teaching kids who to dance rap at a community center and from bartending, Honey is focused on getting into the professional world. She's good. And she knows it. Not in a conceited way but in a factual way. Not once did Alba come across as conceited. While working at the bar one knight, Ellis "discovers" Honey and offers her a chance to work on his music video crew. Sooner than might reasonably be expected, Honey is on the dance floor with the hot group Jadakiss, choreographing dance moves for their new music video. It takes Ellis a while but he eventually makes his sexual move on Honey.

Insert tab A into slot A and you have the plot. There is no chemistry or sparkle to speak of, but there is some great dance routines and music. But there is also a splattering of ...

Twenty-three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary pelted the viewer's earpans [Prov. 22:11; Col. 3:8]. And the saturation of the film with lots of below-navel belly skin (and I don't mean just one or two inches below the navel), some vulgar dance moves plus dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure with a dash of excessive cleavage and a hefty sprinkling of sexual comments/innuendo evaporated all of the starting 100 points in the Sexual Immorality investigation area [1Ths. 4:3 - 7]. Kids dealing in drugs was expensive to the Drugs/Alcohol score [Luke 17:2]. With a final score of 51 out of 100, Honey is a "lite" "R-13" . The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted.

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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 - 7 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Honey (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat
  • sexual harassment, repeatedly
  • adults coaching adolescents to steal
  • adolescent theft
  • child beating (off screen) resulting in marking of the child

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • self touching during dancing
  • woman manually shaking her own anatomy during dancing
  • additional vulgar dance moves, repeatedly, some mimicking intercourse
  • sexual comments./innuendo, repeatedly, some by adolescents
  • men ogling at women
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • many instances of below navel skin exposure, threatening to expose pubic hair
  • suggestive eye movement
  • excessive breast exposure
  • "gay" bar
  • camera angle to force viewer onto private parts
  • attention-drawing text on posterior, repeatedly
  • tattoos drawing attention to private parts
  • flashes of posterior nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • adolescent drug dealing

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's mane in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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