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Crossroads is a 2002 comedy-drama film directed by Tamra Davis and written by Shonda Rhimes starring pop superstar Britney Spears in her first major movie role along with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall. The film was rated PG-13 in the United Statesmarker due to sexual content and brief teen drinking.

Cast



Plot

Three friends 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 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 little money, they set out on the road in a yellow 1969 Buick Skylark convertible 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 Los Angeles, Lucy falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition.

Release

In Germany and Japan, the film was released under the title Not a Girl.

Release dates

The following release dates are from different parts of the world:

Country Date
United Statesmarker (Premiere) February 11, 2002
United Statesmarker February 15, 2002
Hungarymarker, Israelmarker, Estoniamarker, Netherlandsmarker March 14, 2002
Netherlandsmarker (Premiere) March 19, 2002
Denmarkmarker, Italymarker, Portugalmarker, Swedenmarker, Germanymarker, United Kingdommarker March 22, 2002
Brazilmarker, Turkeymarker May 24, 2002
Mexicomarker (Premiere, "Britney" promotion) June 22, 2002


Soundtrack

The film featured three Britney's songs from her self-titled album: "Overprotected", "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" and "I Love Rock 'N' Roll". An original CD soundtrack was released with six songs taken from the movie.

Reception

Box office

"Crossroads" was released in 2,380 theaters on February 15, 2002 and grossed $5.2 million on its opening day, 80% more than her rival Mariah Carey's "Glitter" (2001). The Box Office Mojo reported that "Crossroads" open at number 2 on the Box Office with an estimate of $14,527,187, just behind "John Q.'s" $20,275,194 opening weekend. By the second week the film dropped a 52% on tickets sales ranking at number 5 on the box office, according to Yahoo! Movies the decrease was due to lack of promotion. On its third week the film dropped a 49% of ticket sales, and ranked at number 9 on the box office charts with $4.1 million dollars. On its fourth week "Crossroads" failed to chart in the top ten, but it grossed $2.4 million with a 39% drop. Ultimately "Crossroads" grossed $37,191,304 in the United Statesmarker, gaining only 60.8% of the revenue supplied by Paramount. Internationally, the film grossed $23,949,726 for a total of $61,141,030 worldwide.

Response

Crossroads received generally negative reviews in the United States, many panning the film and called it predictable, after school special, bland and stated it was not appropriate for Spears' young fans. On the Rotten Tomatoes review site, the film holds a 15% unfavorable rating. However, it holds a 13% rating when filtered to include only professional critics, which was slightly lower. In the perspective of pop star debuts, Spears is number 13, and number 10 in MTV Brand movies. Roger Ebert from the "Chicago Sun-Times" wrote "I went to Crossroads expecting a glitzy bimbofest and got the bimbos but not the fest." In the other hand there were some positive reviews. "The Hollywood Reporter" quoted on their review "Davis directs the low-budget production with economy and a lack of surface flashiness that is pleasingly unpretentious." E! said that Spears' breezy acting style was more enjoyable to watch than fellow pop-star-turned-actress Mariah Carey.

Other honors

Inl 2005 VH1 released their list for 100 Greatest Teen Movies, Crossroads debuted at number three just behind Titanic and The Notebook. Crossroads was also selected by its studio Paramount Pictures to be one of the 100 films to have a release as a "Collectors Edition."





References

  1. Not a Girl - moviepilot.de Retrieved 2009-11-16
  2. IMDb Spanish February 12, 2002 [1] IMDb Spanish Retrieved on February 12, 2002.
  3. IMDb January 23, 2002 [2] IMDb Retrieved on January 23, 2002.
  4. IMDb January 13, 2002 [3] IMDb Retrieved on January 13, 2002.
  5. ticket sales decrease due to lack of promo
  6. Crossroads makes $37+ million in the US
  7. 3rd best teen movie(ingles)


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