Honey 2 (2011) starring Kat Graham, Randy Wayne, Aaron Benjamin, Seychelle Gabriel, Ariana Berlin, Lonette McKee, Luke Broadlick directed by Bille Woodruff Movie Review

Honey 2 (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Kat Graham in Honey 2 (2011)

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Having messed up Maria Ramirez (Kat Graham) found herself in Juve but having done her time and kept her nose clean she is released in to foster care. As part of the deal she finds work cleaning at a dance studio where she ends up joining a dance crew and helping turn their lame moves into something decent. But it leads them into a dance competition up against her old crew.

In another universe in a Brooklyn Juvenile facility when things kick off they don't fight but have a dance off. Yes that is how "Honey 2" starts with a juvenile facility dance off and whilst different is also cheesy as hell and doesn't bode well for the rest of this dance movie. And unfortunately there is more cheese to come, a scene where Maria is sweeping up in a dance studio when everyone has gone leads to her dancing in her bra as a fan blows her hair, sweat glistening off her body, how the music starts well that is a bit of narrative magic but the end result feels like processed cheese.

And that is what you get a lot of throughout "Honey 2" processed cheese as we see attractive young people dancing and arguing, but fighting in a very sanitised way. Maybe for young children this will feel real whilst also entertaining but for anyone who has watched their fair share of dance movies will find it tacky. Oh and I don't mean just visually tacky as there is plenty of cheesy dialogue flying through out the movie to accompany all that visual cheese.

But lets break "Honey 2" down to the essentials, it ticks the box when it comes to attractive cast, ticks the box when it comes to lots of synchronized dancing, ticks the box when it comes to the music and puts a mark in a box when it comes to being inspiring. But that is all "Honey 2" does, ticks some boxes but it does nothing else and to sound like a broken record often ticks those boxes in an incredibly cheesy way.

What this all boils down to is that "Honey 2" is a cheesy dance movie which is far too sanitised for its own good. And that sanitised nature makes the corny feel even cornier.