Hear me out: why Crossroads isn’t a bad movie

Hear me out: why Crossroads isn’t a bad movie

The Guardian

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Continuing our series of writers sticking up for films hated by the majority is a defence of Britney Spears’s entertaining 2002 star vehicle

On repeated listens, when Britney Spears sings I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman, the lyrics seem to drag their feet to the simple point she’s making: it’s not easy standing on the edge of adulthood. No one can deny, however, that the agony of the in-between age is her song to sing. Spears’s own career has told the story of prolonged adolescence with eloquence over the course of three decades: after early stardom in the Mickey Mouse Club she became first a precocious schoolgirl pop star then a gossip-magazine punchline and the reluctant ward of her own father’s conservatorship. Back on the verge of her 20s, Spears sang her song in Crossroads, a 90-minute movie that was unfairly dismissed by critics but embraced by her audience. The Britney fans were on to a good thing – this movie is far better than you may have heard. When Spears’s character Lucy reads out the lyrics to I’m Not a Girl in front of a crackling campfire, they sound fresh. When she belts them out at the film’s climax, they’re almost revelatory.

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