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Release Date: February 15, 2002

Starring: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall, and Justin Long

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children and teenagers

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 93 minutes

Address Comments To:

Sherry Lansing, Chairman
Motion Picture Group
Paramount Pictures
A Paramount Communications Company
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
Website: www.paramount.com

Content:

(RoRo, B, LLL, V, S, NN, AA, D, M) Romantic worldview, with some moral elements, including a positive father figure, but a really bad message favoring premarital sex; about 17 mostly light obscenities, one strong profanity regarding Jesus and 12 mild profanities; mild violence such as fighting in bar, girl teaches her friend how to punch, girl punches man in face, and girl falls down stairs; implied fornication between young adult couple, pregnant woman talks about the rape that made her pregnant & nearly naked high school graduate invites his friend in bra and panties to fornicate but they decide against it; partial male nudity & women in skimpy costumes or underwear; alcohol use, underage alcohol use and underage girls perform at karaoke bar; smoking; and, tattoos and high school graduate ignores her father’s wishes.


Summary:

In CROSSROADS, pop music star Britney Spears plays a bright high school graduate who goes on the road with two friends and a young man with a questionable background, in order to meet the mother who abandoned her when she was three. The sexual message in this movie is not appropriate for the teenagers and pre-teens most likely to see this movie, although Dan Aykroyd does play a somewhat positive father figure.


Review:

Women singers and songwriters are big these days in the pop music world. And, there’s no bigger woman in pop music today than Britney Spears. Spears already has become a popular figure in TV commercials, where she’s managed to parlay her nubile tanned body and beautiful blonde hair to sell soda pop. Now, she’s decided to try taking Hollywood by storm by appearing in her first movie, CROSSROADS.
In CROSSROADS, Britney Spears plays Lucy, a high school valedictorian in Georgia. After rejecting her nearly naked, nerdy lab partner’s amorous intentions in the bedroom on graduation night, Lucy takes off on a road trip west with two old girlfriends and a handsome young rock and roller, Ben, with a questionable background. One girlfriend, Mimi, is pregnant after being raped. Mimi and Ben are headed for a rock audition in Los Angeles. Lucy’s other girlfriend, Kit, intends to surprise her fiancé who’s going to school at UCLA. Lucy wants to see her estranged mother in Arizona, who abandoned Lucy and her father when Lucy was three. Needless to say, not everything goes as planned, but Lucy gets discovered as a talented new singer – after losing her virginity, of course.
Britney Spears has come under attack for the sleaziness and sexual innuendo she often incorporates into parts of her concerts and her commercials. In this respect, Spears seems to be following in the footsteps of Madonna. The same thing happens with CROSSROADS. In fact, the movie actually opens with Lucy, dressed only in her panties and a loose-fitting blouse, lip-synching to a song by Madonna. Although Lucy eventually rejects her lab partner, that rejection doesn’t come until he strips down to his underwear and she appears in a sexy red bra and panty outfit. Later, however, Lucy has no second thoughts about losing her virginity to Ben.
The sexual immorality in Spears’ act and her first movie, CROSSROADS, is terribly unfortunate, especially since she seems to be such a popular star for young teenagers, and even pre-teens. In fact, at the press screening for CROSSROADS, many parents brought their pre-teen children. Happily, however, CROSSROADS is not much of a movie, so, hopefully, not many pre-teens or teenagers will see it. This will increasingly become true, hopefully, as word gets out that the movie is not very good.
Although Spears does not fare as badly as Mariah Carey in her movie debut, GLITTER, the CROSSROADS filmmakers have saddled Britney with a poorly structured story that lacks focus. The story meanders in the middle and isn’t all that entertaining or energetic in the other parts. It is clear, however, that Spears has a good singing voice and may develop her acting talent as she gains more experience.
In addition to the movie’s bad message about premarital sex, CROSSROADS has a Romantic worldview. Follow your dreams, no matter what your parents say, is the primary message of this movie. Thus, even though Dan Aykroyd plays a positive father figure in CROSSROADS, the movie’s worldview leads to false, immoral conclusions.


In Brief:

In CROSSROADS, Britney Spears plays Lucy, a high school valedictorian in Georgia. After rejecting her nerdy lab partner’s amorous intentions in the bedroom on graduation night, Lucy takes off on a road trip west with two old girlfriends and a handsome young rock and roller, Ben, with a questionable background. One girlfriend, Mimi, is pregnant after being raped. Mimi and Ben are headed for a rock audition in Los Angeles. Lucy’s other girlfriend, Kit, intends to surprise her fiancé who’s going to school at UCLA. Lucy wants to see her estranged mother in Arizona, who abandoned Lucy when she was three. Needless to say, not everything goes as planned, but Lucy gets discovered as a talented new singer – after losing her virginity, of course.
Britney Spears fares better here than Mariah Carey did in GLITTER, but the filmmakers saddle her with a poorly written, meandering story that should have been more entertaining and energetic. The sexual message in CROSSROADS is not appropriate for the teenagers and pre-teens most likely to see this movie, although Dan Aykroyd does play a somewhat positive father figure. The movie’s Romantic worldview also dilutes the movie’s positive moral qualities