Honey is a 2003 motion picture released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney Jerkins, the film stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Joy Bryant, Missy Elliott and David Moscow. A number of popular hip hop and R&B musicians make cameos in the film, including Jerkins, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch of The Lox, Tweet, and Ginuwine. Canadian R&B artist Shawn Desman was also featured. R&B and hip-hop singer Aaliyah, a close friend of Missy Elliott, was originally cast as the star of the film before her death.
The film grossed $27 million at the US box office, and was released on DVD and VHS on March 23, 2004.
Honey wants to be a big time dancer, but she's having trouble making it to the top. But finally she's spotted by big-time producer Michael Ellis, who offers her a job. Honey willingly accepts, and gets started straight away. She's a big hit and even gets a promotion, but soon her boss tries to make sexual advances on her, which Honey declines and loses her job. Meanwhile the community center, where Honey works voluntarily as a hip-hop dance teacher, is falling apart. Soon Honey is forced to find a new dance studio and finds herself in a financial snag because of her previous job loss. She decides to put on a big dance performance to raise money for a studio. It's a hit and Honey opens up her own studio.
was released to poor reviews. On Yahoo!
Movies Critical Response, the average professional critical rating was a C. Rotten Tomatoes
rated the film as being "rotten", with only 16% of 105 reviews having favorable responses.
- "Hurt Sumthin" - Missy Elliott
- "I'm Good" - Blaque
- "Gimme the Light - Sean Paul
- "React" - Eric Sermon ft. Redman
- "Leave Her Alone - Nate Dogg featuring Roc-a-Fella Crew
- "Ooh Wee" - Mark Ronson featuring Ghostface Killah and Saigon
- "It's A Party" Tamia
- "Thugman" - Tweet
- "Now Ride" - Fabolous
- "J-A-D-A" - Jadakiss and Sheek
- "Think Of You" - Amerie
- "Closer" - Goapele
- "I Believe" - Yolanda Adams
The Honey soundtrack peaked at #105 on the The Billboard 200 albums chart, with Blaque's "I'm Good" making it to the rhythmic top 40 and the Australian Top 40.
- The club scenes in the film were filmed at The Guvernment club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Honey's first job with Mike Ellis as a dancer showed a clip of the Silvercup Studios.
- Aaliyah was the director's first choice for the lead role however the role was given to Alba due to Aaliyah's death.
- Romeo and Zachary Williams did not only both star in this movie together but Zachary also played Romeo's little brother again in his own tv show, Romeo!, which they co-starred together as brothers.