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BACON AT THE MOVIES: TOP PRIZE HONEY; Jessica wins as a perfect mover.



THERE are few things more satisfying than a movie with a great twist.

Well, I say that... there are plenty of things, but not many cost just pounds 4.30 a ticket.

The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, The Crying Game - all brilliantmovies that rely on something you'd never see coming in a million years. Now we can add Honey to that list. Why?

Because, even though it's a teen flick about a girl from "the wrong side of the tracks" who wants to become a music video choreographer it's actually rather good.

Usually, if a reviewer tells you Missy Elliot is one of the best things in a film, it means one thing: "DO NOT GO AND SEE IT!"

If a reviewer tells you that the film's storyline wouldn't look out of place as a minor sub-plot on Home And Away, you'd think they were telling you to run for your lives.

And if they say the film is little more than an "urban update" of those dumb-ass 80s dancing flicks like Flashdance, you may be heard to mutter, "I'd rather watch re-runs of Mad About Alice dubbed into Latin". But you'd be wrong.

This is an energetically told and well-shot movie which will leave you wondering how such a predictable idea got turned into a watchable film.

Jessica Alba (star of Sky's Dark Angel) plays Honey Daniels, who gets a rare shot at her dream of being a hip-hop dancer, only to have it go sour.

On top of that there's some keeping-it-real sub-plots about drugs, bad homes and community centres getting shut down.

I know, it might sound unbelievably dreadful.

But the performances are natural, the dancing is top dollar and the script and direction sharp.

But before you rush to see it, bear in mind it's a teen film, which means it's probably not going to appeal to mums and dads.

Not unless they're big fans of R&B stars Jadakiss and Ginuwine, which wouldn't necessarily be such an unhealthy thing.

In the letters round on Countdown, they'd be worth eight points each.


HIP HOP HOORAY! Sexy Jessica makes all the right moves as Honey
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2004
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