Crossroads

Directed by Tamra Davis
Starring: Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, Anson Mount, Taryn Manning, Justin Long, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and brief teen drinking.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
February 21, 2002

I have a confession to make; I am a Britney Spears fan. For that reason only did I see this movie. There is nothing much I can say except that it was bad; the movie wasn't horrible and did have some moments, but it was pretty bad.

Three young girls, Lucy, Kit, and Mimi, make a pact to stay friends forever at a young age. They bury a box together and promise to dig it back up at their high school graduation. When that day comes, everything has changed. Lucy (Britney Spears) is the smartest girl in school and wants to pursue a music career. Her father (Dan Aykroyd) is against that and forces her to go into medicine. Kit (Zoë Saldana), who is now spoiled and the most popular girl in school, is engaged to a guy who lives in California. Mimi (Taryn Manning) is pregnant and the father of the baby is unknown.

That night, they all meet and dig up the box that contained their wishes, and Mimi suggests that they all go to California to audition for a record label. Kit agrees to go to meet her fiancée and Lucy will go as far as Arizona to find her long lost mother (Kim Cattrall). Their driver is Ben (Anson Mount), a guy they just met. It is obvious that Ben likes Lucy, but Lucy's innocence might stand in the way of their relationship.

I'll be honest: this movie is extremely predictable. It is from the moment they reunite to dig up that box to Mimi trying to sing lead on "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" at a karaoke bar when you know Britney will be the lead singer, and in many more cases. There is a small twist regarding Mimi and her pregnancy that I don't want to give away for those who are brave enough to go see this movie.

Acting-wise, Britney is OK; she's not horrible, but she is far from great. Manning and Mount gave good performances considering the material they had to work with. Saldana, on the other hand, is horrible. She overacts throughout the entire movie and is painful to watch on screen. Whoever wrote this movie should be shot as well. When Britney came up with the idea for a girls' road movie, I don't think she planned on such bad writing. As an example, to reincorporate the new Britney single "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman", the writer made people believe that Lucy writes poetry and is the one who wrote the lyrics to the song, when a Britney fan (such as myself) knows that pop singer Dido was the one who wrote the song for Britney.

Like the *NSYNC movie On The Line and Mandy Moore's A Walk to Remember, even fans will be disappointed. These pop stars need to take some acting lessons and try to pick better material, because so far, they have nothing. Crossroads is not the worst movie so far this year, but it is pushing it.


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Crossroads (2002)

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