se­quel falls flat on ev­ery sin­gle level

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wooden per­for­mances led by the re­mark­ably in­ex­pres­sive Ka­te­rina Graham. When she is lost in the film’s lack­lus­tre chore­og­ra­phy, the pretty ac­tress has grace and strength, which both desert her ev­ery time she opens her mouth. Un­for­tu­nately, at the one mo­ment when the film needs a dar­ing and out­landish chore­o­graphic flour­ish to get the au­di­ence on its feet, Honey 2 stum­bles and we find our­selves root­ing for the hero­ine’s ri­vals in­stead. The se­quel opens in Brook­lyn Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­tre, where Maria Ramirez (Graham) wiles away the hours in dance bat­tles with the other de­tainees. Re­leased into the care of Con­nie Daniels (Lonette McKee), Maria finds her­self drift­ing back to­wards bad boy Luis (Christo­pher ’War’ Martinez), whose 718 crew are vy­ing to re­tain their ti­tle on the tele­vised Dance Battle Zone hosted by Mario Lopez. When it be­comes clear that Luis will just drag her down again, Maria at­tempts to forge a new path. Honey 2 doesn’t de­liver any­thing we haven’t seen with con­sid­er­able more pol­ish in StreetDance or the Step Up films. The sound­track of pul­sat­ing dance­floor fillers turns up the tem­per­a­ture a notch to tepid. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

Maria played by Ka­te­rina Graham.

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