When Jessica Alba busted out her moves in "Honey" -- a movie universally hailed as horrible -- it was a blatant rip-off of real-life Bronx b-girl Honey Rockwell ... or so claims Rockwell, who's suing the filmmakers.
Rockwell -- a hip hop dancer and teacher -- says she adopted the "Honey" stage name back in '94 -- 10 years before the movie's release ... according to court docs.
In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Rockwell says the movie's a carbon copy of her life because Alba's character shares her name ("Honey"), ethnicity (Hispanic), occupation (hip hop dancer), and hood (Bronx). She says they even used the same dance studio where she taught.
But she says the filmmakers did one thing wrong -- they never got her permission.
Rockwell faces an uphill battle because she's waited 10 years to sue -- that said, she's demanding her fair share of more than $70 million generated by "Honey" and its sequel.
Yes, there was one.