Story

Honey (Lucy Fry) is a 16-year-old Hollywood child star. While she and her mother are in Australia on holiday, Honey’s mother Beth (Portia de Rossi) is arrested for smuggling drugs into the country. She’s sent to a rehab facility. Honey is forced to live with her Australian aunt, Caroline (Robyn Butler). When Caroline’s life starts falling apart, Honey must learn how to live in the real world and take care of herself. Caroline’s family breakdown helps Honey discover the importance of accepting herself.

Themes

Drugs; crime; family breakdown; separation from a parent; sex and sexualisation; nudity

Violence

Now Add Honey has some violence. For example:

  • Beth pushes a trolley full of dishes into a member of the kitchen staff to try to escape arrest. She also holds a kitchen blowtorch to the chef’s head.
  • Caroline smashes a pickaxe into the car of a paparazzo after he refuses to delete a photograph of her teenage daughter. 
  • Beth injects the photographer taking nude pictures of Honey with a sedative and then headbutts him so he passes out. 
  • Honey throws a vase at the bathroom mirror, and the mirror smashes.
 

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Now Add Honey has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • When Honey locks herself in the bathroom, Katie is concerned that she might cut herself with razor blades or overdose on pills.
  • In an emotionally confronting moment, Caroline discovers that her husband has got another woman pregnant.
  • Beth goes through withdrawal symptoms in rehab. This might be confronting for children.
  • Katie’s fiancé fakes a seizure to break Beth out of rehab.

From 5-8
Children in this age group are likely to be scared or disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.

From 8-13
Children in this age group might also be scared or disturbed by some of the scenes mentioned above.

Over 13
Some children in this age group might be affected by the mention of suicide or the scenes showing Beth’s drug withdrawal. They’re unlikely to be affected by the other scenes mentioned above.

Sexual references

Now Add Honey has some sexual references. For example:

  • Katie and her fiancé are shown in bed together.
  • Characters talk about Caroline’s husband having sex with another woman.
  • Beth tells Honey to push her breasts together for a photographer.
  • Beth tells Caroline that ‘sex sells’ for 16-year-old girls.
  • Honey reveals that her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn’t have sex with him.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Now Add Honey shows some use of substances. For example:

  • Beth is shown taking pills. She’s arrested for smuggling drugs into Australia and sent to rehab. In rehab, Beth suffers drug withdrawal.
  • Caroline’s husband suffers from panic attacks and is frequently shown taking herbal ‘rescue remedy’ drops when he’s panicked or stressed. 
  • Honey drinks alcohol and asks Caroline for a margarita.
  • Caroline drinks a whole bottle of wine to calm down.
  • Sebastian smokes, and Caroline comments on this being unusual for a chef.

Nudity and sexual activity

Now Add Honey shows some nudity and sexual activity. For example:

  • Caroline’s youngest daughter watches Honey’s raunchy music video and begins to imitate the sexualised dance moves.
  • Honey kisses a boy.
  • Beth looks at a picture of a woman’s breasts in a nude photo shoot.
  • Caroline’s breast pops out from her dress.
  • A paparazzo takes a photograph of Caroline’s 16-year-old daughter in her underwear.
  • Honey films a raunchy music video in which she wears a bikini and men lick her and rub corn all over her.
  • Honey attends a nude photo shoot, but the audience is only shown her bottom.
  • Caroline, Katie and Katie’s fiancé strip down to their underwear to distract a photographer from Honey. 
  • Katie’s fiancé shows his nude bottom.

Product placement

Nothing of concern

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Now Add Honey is an Australian comedy that examines taboos about nudity and considers the negative influence that child stars can have on their young fans. 

The movie raises interesting topics for discussion with teenagers, but because of scenes featuring drug use, themes of sex and sexualisation, scenes showing nudity and some coarse language, the movie isn’t recommended for children under 13 years. Also, we recommend parental guidance for children aged 13-15 years.

The main messages from Now Add Honey are to:

  • accept your flaws
  • value your family
  • be aware of the dangers of sexualised media and the negative influence of teenage stars.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include independence and responsibility.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the importance of not taking nude photographs. You could ask your children what they think about the influence of sexualised media, like Honey’s raunchy music video, on young fans.