Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett star in director Kasi Lemmons' seasonal drama.
On Film4: 17 Dec 11:00AM
A sequel to 2004's Jessica Alba vehicle (minus Jessica Alba), starring Katerina Graham as wayward teen set on dancing her way to the straight and narrow
"Dipped in culture" is the phrase our feisty heroine, Maria "fresh-outta-Juvie" Ramirez, uses to sell her new and improved choreography to her dance chums. Honey 2 boasts a pretty light coating itself, whatever your defintion of the word. Here, it might refer to:
i) the quaintly outmoded approximation of street slang and beats, signalled by the over-use of 'mad' as an intensifying adjective ('mad props', 'mad love', etc), the revival of 90s staple "talk-to-the-hand" gesture in dance form, and the wearing of MC Hammer pants;
ii) the hysterical meta-reality TV dance-off finale which makes The X-Factor look like Pinter by comparison;
iii) the-blink-and-you'll-miss-it sprinkling of arabseques Maria works into her crew's final routine to make them stand out from their street-dancing rivals;
iv) the fact that Honey 2 is a sequel trading on the questionable currency of the original, and the subsequent celebrity of its star (Jessica Alba) - despite the fact that the only appearance the titular heroine makes is in a briefly glimpsed photo frame.
Take your pick.
About as emotionally profound as a tampon advert, and probably less suspenseful, Honey 2 is just about passable pre-teen fodder if approached with a forgiving spirit and bring-your-own-irony
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