Honeybee

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Sports

This boxing melodrama invigorates its familiar formula with insight into the domestic battleground of parents and young adults. Bri Dukes's (Senait Ashenafi) intellectual parents envision Ivy League classrooms in her future, but amateur pugilist Bri prefers the gym. When her socially connected father, Larry Dukes (James Avery), gets wind of her plans to...read more

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This boxing melodrama invigorates its familiar formula with insight into the domestic battleground of parents and young adults. Bri Dukes's (Senait Ashenafi) intellectual parents envision Ivy League classrooms in her future, but amateur pugilist Bri prefers the gym. When her socially connected father, Larry Dukes (James Avery), gets wind of her plans to bypass college he tries to bribe her devoted trainer, Pablo (Pierre Perea). Bri's selfish boyfriend, Rodney (Antwan Mills), is also unsupportive; he resents that busy Bri isn't being available for his booty calls. Meanwhile, promoter Kenny Love (Victor Carr Jr.) trolls strip joints to line up foxy boxing babes to fill his exhibition slots. Unlike these dilettantes, Bri is a serious competitor with no time for the mud wrestling circuit. And though she's willing to spar with the undefeated Lady D (Corinne Van Ryck), Bri doesn't appreciate Lady D's sexual interest in her. Mr. Dukes uses his political ties to try and shut down athletic venues that cater to female fighters. With Rodney cheating on her and Lady D psyching her out, Bri has little patience for her overly protective father's latest attempt to sabotage her ambitions. Maybe serious-minded Bri should have stayed in school, rather than risk winding up in Kenny Love's sexist bouts. Can Bri beat the odds, when no one is in her corner but Pablo? Bri is appealingly played by newcomer Ashenafi and she makes her character's standard-issue crisis of identity worth watching. The sports sequences aren't groundbreaking, but they're compelling.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This boxing melodrama invigorates its familiar formula with insight into the domestic battleground of parents and young adults. Bri Dukes's (Senait Ashenafi) intellectual parents envision Ivy League classrooms in her future, but amateur pugilist Bri prefer… (more)

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