review by Jon Waterman
the plot: Its a road trip movie starring Britney Spears
two other girls, oh and some guy.
Why is it every movie I see for this website is bad? Perhaps its
a growing decline in the quality of films in general. Look at the nominees
for the Academy Awards. Jimmy Neutron? I sense a potential Behind
The Screens article here. I dont want to get ahead of myself. The
real question I have to ask follows. Who wants to pay 5-10 bucks to see
a 90-minute music video? 11-20 year old girlsraise your hands now. The
makers of this movie knew their core audience the whole time. So, no, its
not meant for a 21 year old male such as myself. However, I think I can
argue that it really isnt meant for anyone else.
From the beginning, we are made aware that this movie is meant to showcase
singing ability and acting prowess (more on that later). Shes jumping
around on her bed with hardly anything on while singing along to a Madonna song. How
fun. You can tell the only reason shes dressed like that is so that
the boyfriends who are dragged to the movie have something to watch. Oh,
by the way, shes also in her bra and panties at one point, too. Its
a big important scene with moral repercussions and full of lessons for the young
kids. Lets not dwell on Britneys figure. There are plenty
of other websites for that.
This film could have been only about an hour long were it not for all the singing. I
know. I know. Thats sort of the point in a Britney Spears movie. But
when half of the musical interludes involve one song that America has seen thousands
of times on MTV and one of them is a DJ remixing I Love Rock n Roll, I
would guess a few more minutes could have been cut. I think I would rather
see a musical come from Britney than a straight narrative with a few song breaks. That
may have made it interesting. If nothing else, it would make the absurdity
of the movie a little more acceptable.
Now, Im going on and on about Britney as if she is the only one responsible
for putting this movie out. We must also blame others. Im going
to start with the script. Shondra Rhimes scribbled out this paper-thin
plot full of two dimensional characters and predictability galore. Tamra
Davis has directed some popular movies ("Billy Madison," "Half Baked") and this
be no exception. However, none of her movies are exactly great in a technical
sense. Nor are they great in terms of acting. Crossroads is no different.
Britney is not so much a good actress as she is not so much a good actress. Nor
are any of the other kids in the film. I dont think I should single
anyone out, because I bet they truly wish they could have their anonymity back. Kim
Cattrall and Dan Akroyd have done so much better in the past, and I really dont
know why they chose to take the roles.
Hey Razzies, take note of this one.
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