Crossroads (2002)


Crossroads is a 2002 comedy-drama road film directed by Tamra Davis and starring American recording artist Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning. Written by Shonda Rhimes, the film tells the coming of age story of Lucy (Spears) and her childhood best friends Kit (Saldana) and Mimi (Manning) as they take a cross-country road trip, finding themselves and their friendship in the process. The film also stars Dan Aykroyd as Lucy's father, Kim Cattrall as Lucy's mother, and Anson Mount as Ben. The film was rated PG-13 in the United States due to sexual content and brief teen drinking. The script for the film was developed specifically for the singer by herself and her team. Filming began in March 2001, taking place in Spears' home state, Louisiana, as well as Los Angeles, California. Crossroads received generally unfavorable reviews from contemporary critics, who considered it a "dull road trip" film. The film received a total of twelve award nominations. It won two, however, for Worst Actress and Worst Original Song at the 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards. Despite being panned by critics, Crossroads grossed $5.2 million on its opening day, debuting at number two on the Box Office, just behind John Q.


Three friends (Lucy, Kit and Mimi) get together and bury a box making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. By the time the girls get to high school, things 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 start talking again. The objects they left inside remind them of the dreams they had as children; Mimi wanted to travel to California, Lucy wanted to see her mother again, and Kit wanted to get married. Mimi brings up the topic of going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together; Lucy to visit her mom (Kim Cattrall) in Arizona and Kit to visit her fiance in Los Angeles, and they set out on the road with little money in a yellow 1969 Buick Skylark convertible with a guy named Ben. Shortly into their journey, the car breaks down. They realise that they don't have enough money between them for the journey - or the repair costs. Mimi suggests that she sing karaoke at a local bar, where good singers are tipped well. However, when the song starts Mimi develops stage fright and can't sing, so Lucy takes her place. She quickly becomes a hit with the crowd. They make enough money to fix the car and continue on their way. Kit had told the others she heard a rumour that Ben had recently been released from jail, having 'killed a guy'. After spending most of the journey feeling uneasy around him, they confront him. Ben reveals that he was in jail - for driving his step-sister across state borders without parental consent, after his father was abusing her. Having established that Ben is not the homocidal maniac they imagined him to be, Lucy and Ben grow closer. The girls talk properly to each other for the first time since they were kids. Lucy reveals that her mother abandoned her and her father when she was three. Kit, who was overweight as a child, has an overbearing mother who sent her to fat camp but now cannot stand that her daughter is more beautiful than her. Mimi reveals that the baby's father was not her boyfriend, but a guy who raped her after she got drunk at a party. Lucy meets her mother in Tucson, but her mother is remarried, with two sons. She reveals to Lucy that she never wanted to have her, and that she was a mistake. Distraught, Lucy rejoins the others and carries on to Los Angeles. When they arrive, Kit brings Mimi along to surprise her fiance, Dylan. However, Dylan has another girl in his apartment. Already upset, Kit suddenly realises that it was Dylan who raped Mimi and got her pregnant, and she punches him. Scared, Mimi falls down the stairs and consequently loses her baby. While alone in the hotel, Lucy has sex with Ben for the first time. Lucy and Ben fall in love, and against her father's wishes, she stays in Los Angeles and goes to the audition.