Monday, January 19, 2015

Honey 2 (2011)

Number Rolled: 54
Movie Name/Year: Honey 2 (2011)
Genre: Romance
Length: 110 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production Companies: Reel Deal Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, MFV Productions
Executive Producer: Marc Platt
Director: Bille Woodruff
Writer: Alyson Fouse, Blayne Weaver
Actors: Kat Graham, Randy Wayne, Seychelle Gabriel, Lonette McKee, Melissa Molinaro, Gerry Bednob, Laurieann Gibson, Alexis Jordan, Mario Lopez, Christopher Martinez, Rosero McCoy, Tyler Nelson, Audrina Patridge, Brittany Perry-Russell, Casper Smart, Richard Steelo Vasquez

Maria is serving time in a juvenile detention center after getting involved with the wrong crowd. When she’s released, Honey Daniels’ mom agrees to take her in as a foster child. There are only two rules: she needs to be in by 9 and stay away from her old crew. Dance is her life though, and when her old dance crew comes sniffing around, it’s hard to say no.

I’ll admit that I enjoy the original Honey. It’s not one of my favorite movies; it’s more like a guilty pleasure. Jessica Alba (Sin City, Dark Angel, Machete) slightly overacts and Joy Bryant (Parenthood, Hit and Run, The Skeleton Key) hilariously overacts, but Mekhi Phifer (House of Lies, Divergent, Torchwood) is an acting messiah amongst the exaggerations and the dance moves are hot. In fact, the storyline isn’t so bad either and the celebrity cameos are attention grabbing.

The sequel, Honey 2, doesn’t really stand up to the original.

Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries, Addicted, 17 Again) reminded me of Hayden Panettiere (Nashville, The Forger, Heroes), specifically from her part in Bring it On: All or Nothing, which is not necessarily a good thing. I was also confused with Laurieann Gibson’s (In Living Color, Beyond the Lights, Malcolm X) part as Katrina. In the first Honey, Katrina hated Honey Daniels, in the sequel she seems to love her. It doesn’t make any sense at all. On the other hand, Randy Wayne (YouTube: the Musical, The Lying Game, Lairs All) and Christopher Martinez (Clerks II, 500 Days of Summer, Bring it On: Fight to the Finish) played their parts very well, which almost made up for it.

The storyline was kind of weak, the dancing wasn’t nearly as impressive and the accents made me roll my eyes.

Despite the issues, the movie was only terrible in contrast to the original. In reality, it was mostly average.

One more thing; I have a quick note for movie and television directors of all shapes and sizes: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. We don’t all talk like that. There are plenty of other stereotypes to focus on, stop being lazy.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 10%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 53%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 1.6/5
Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

P.S. There are bloopers and extra scenes during the credits.

Movie Trailer: The trailer is very misleading.

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