"Saturday Night Fever," which was essentially a very old-fashioned story about making it in the big city, should have accustomed us to seeing old movie-musical conventions side by side with contemporary pop music. Still it takes a while to get used to the rags-to-riches tropes in the new hip-hop musical "Honey." The young audience that will want to see "Honey" probably won't even register the hoary clichés, not having seen the pictures "Honey" makes reference to. Older audiences may feel like the director, Bille Woodruff, and the screenwriters, Alonzo Brown and Kim Watson, have spent a lot of time watching "Gold Diggers of 1933" or "42nd Street."
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