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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"
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|