Britney Spears acting talents are shown to the world in this made to measure vehicle, but there isn't much talent on display here. Directed by Tamra Davis, Spears should have done a remake of Davis's previous film Guncrazy. At least then there would have been young girls with guns.All actors want to be rock stars. You only have to watch a music movie and watch the actors gleefully take on the role of some sort of prancing, self-obsessed egomaniac with no talent. It must be just something that they naturally take to. While this practice often leads to disaster (Like Rock Star and Queen of the Damned) it can have some success with efforts such as Velvet Goldmine, Almost Famous and the all time classic Spinal Tap.
When the crossover moves are in reverse and the pop stars start making it to the movies, the chance of success plummets. You would think that some should make a good fist of it, as the visual element of pop stardom has always been important. Yet the pop star actor is littered with embarrassing misfires: Madonna, Mick Jagger and post-neighbours Kylie Minogue. David Bowie fails just as much as he succeeds.
The worst thing about it is that it seems so self-indulgent. That it is merely a marketing gimmick and sound track album tie-in cash cow opportunity.
Continuing this fine tradition of gimmick sound track album tie-in cash cow opportunity is pop princess of the moment Britney Spears in her first go at feature film exploitation in the form of Crossroads.
Lucy (Spears) is a bit of a nerd (ha!) and is not sure she wants to go to college as her dad (Akroyd) wishes. Eight years earlier Lucy, and friends Kit (Saldana) and Mimi (Manning) had buried a time capsule which kept objects representing their dreams and goals for the future that will be reopened when they graduate high school.
Their friendship sours through the eight years, but to the behest of a now pregnant Mimi they get together on graduation night to reopen the capsule. Seeing what was inside rekindles their friendship and for differing reasons they decide to go on a road trip to Los Angeles along with Mimi's friend Ben (Mount).
Whilst I learnt that Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman is in fact not about transsexuals as I had first thought, I didn't really get much from this film. Apart from noting that it would seem very unlikely to do a road movie and not once see a Coke can anywhere.
The story stretches for credibility - and misses. The girls suspect something serious about Ben, but incredibly ignore it. Their motivations for going on the trip are weak and Mimi in particularly needs a reality check. The poetry and singing talents exhibited by Lucy are just way too convenient and not all that convincing anyway.
The acting is at times prissy and Spears is trying just way too hard. Remember those scenes in Mulholland Drive when Naomi Watts was reading her audition lines with Laura Harring and how atrocious she was, and then how dramatically improved she was in the actual audition? Well Spears performance is like she got all her tips from the former scene.
The music is at times painful, but it should appease her fans a little.So it all adds up to an, Oops I did a crap film. It's as expected I guess. And we would expect nothing less from the people behind this film.