CrossroadsFebruary 15, 2002
Three childhood best friends, and a guy they just met, take a trip across the country, finding themselves and their friendship in the process.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 2.9/10 (24,520 voted)
Critic's Score: 27/100
Stars: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana
Three friends get together and bury a box making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. In the little town in Georgia that they live in, things soon change. One is little miss perfect, one is an engaged prom queen, and the other is a pregnant outcast. The night of graduation, they open the box and they strike up a conversation. All of a sudden, one brings up the topic of her going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together and they leave. With a little money, they set out on the road with a guy named Ben. When one of them tells the other a rumor that he might be a homicidal maniac they are all scared of him. When they reach LA, Lucy (Britney Spears) falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition.
(as Zoë Saldana)
Kool Moe Dee
(as Kool Mo Dee)
Dylan's Other Girl
(as Pippi B.)
(as David 'Gruber' Allen)
High School Burnout
What we have is now. And right now, we have each other
Release Date: 15 February 2002
Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel – 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $17,014,226
(17 February 2002)
(5 May 2002)
Did You Know?
The pictures in Lucy's locket are actual pictures of Britney Spears when she was younger.
While at the gas station, the burrito that Mimi is eating disappears and reappears between shots.
Hand me the flashlight.
Here it is.
Kit, I've got the shovel.
Lucy, get the box.
For what it is, a teen road movie, not as bad as many are claiming.
I read all the reviews and comments before seeing "Crossroads." Since I
got it free from the public library, and "time" was my only investment,
I'm not sorry at all. Roughly 50% of IMDb votes are "1" which is
totally absurd. A more accurate rating is probably in the 4 to 6 range,
compared to all similar films. "Center Stage", where the central
characters are dancers training to make it big in ballet, is a similar
Other commentors say "Britney Spears can't sing." Those comments are
equally absurd. While I'm not particularly a fan of hers, she indeed
can sing, very well. As a singer she is as good as most of the rest of
the young singers who cater to the teeniebopper audience. She certainly
is a better singer than Madonna who achieved her fame on image alone.
Can Britney act? Compared to good young actresses, Britney is fairly
amateurish. But she didn't have to stretch very far for the role of a
proper, studious high school valedictorian who decided to look for her
mother who abandoned her as a baby to be raised by her single father
(Ackroyd). And, along the way write poetry which was then put to music
by a young man who drove the three girls west to Los Angeles.
Most of the situations and dialog are silly, and there are many
close-range shots of a pretty, smiling Britney. However I suspect they
would appeal to the under-15 crowd of Britney fans. I enjoyed the film
from the point of view that it gave me some glimpse of the real
Britney, one that is not revealed in her concerts and music videos. I
believe, as she grows up and out of her former image, she will develop
a more mature singing and acting style and will continue her popularity
for a long time. (Year 2005 update: I was wrong, she's become very
strange! Year 2007 update: She has gotten even more strange! Year 2008
update: Even her little sister has become strange, and a new mother!!))
Critic Ebert gives an accurate review of the facts in the case, I will
not repeat them here. While I probably would not recommend this film to
anyone, I personally enjoyed watching it. Not a very good film, still
it also is not a bad film. Just juvenile.