Pop singing sensation Britney Spears stars in this coming-of-age, road trip movie. Three 10-year-old friends bury a box of future dreams and promise to dig it up when they graduate from high school. But when Lucy (Spears), Kit (Zoë Saldana) and Mimi (Taryn Manning) meet to dig up the box, the three discover their dreams still unfulfilled. However, Mimi plans to make her dream of seeing the world come true by traveling to a music audition in Hollywood. Kit joins the trip to visit her fiancé stuck in a California college for the summer. And Lucy reluctantly leaves her divorced dad (Dan Ackroyd) to find why her mother abandoned them when Lucy was three. Hitching a cross-country ride with Ben (Anson Mount), a musician with a rumored criminal past, the three discover that some dreams don’t come true, but true friends help you discover new dreams.
Despite the PG-13 rating, girls of all ages who consider Britney a role model, will want to see the movie. Sadly, the film sends mixed and disappointing messages. Teased by Kit about being a virgin, Lucy goes to a graduation party planning to loose her virginity and wears skimpy bikini underwear in bed with a boy. But after reconsidering the reasons for having sex, decides she wants the first time to be ‘special.’ When the car breaks down, the girls take on a karaoke bar’s contest. Their performance features skimpy outfits, suggestive moves and teasing lyrics familiar to Spear’s fans. A hotel mini-bar in their room leads to underage drinking as the girls share stories about their sexual experience. Pregnant Mimi refrains from drinking but says it’s not for the sake of the baby, but that drinking led to her pregnancy. Despite Britney’s public comments about saving herself for marriage, her character is shown in bed with Ben, implying they’ve had premarital sex. Along with the messages implying teen drinking and premarital sex being acceptable, the girls use some profanity and a finger gesture. Despite Britney’s popularity, CROSSROADS is a dead end.