- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Last year's cinematic disaster
Phil Boatwright (The Movie Reporter) calls the movie clichéd, but adds, "The youngsters at the screening were enthralled by Britney's first attempt at moviemaking. And why should they think it is clichéd? For many of them, this was their first romantic road picture. It's the first time they've seen a couple embrace, sinking to the floor as the camera pans away to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean." He concludes, "She's not a singer; she's a sexual commodity. Her 'music' is all about physical movement and the exaltation of a young body that spends far more time in the gym than in vocal class. The singer's message should be an exaltation of love rather than the primer of lust."
Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) says, "It's a Britney commercial. Of even greater concern are the movie's 'if it feels good, do it' morality, and mixed messages about drunkenness and sex. Both are shown to be loads of fun, yet potentially dangerous. Sadly, since most teens think they're indestructible and uniquely equipped to beat the odds, chances are the average young viewer will embrace the fantasy with little regard for potential consequences."
Holly McClure (Crosswalk) expressed her disappointment: "It has too many adult issues and themes and tries to be too serious for the age group who will flock to see it. Parents, if you let your daughters see this movie, make sure you discuss it afterward."
"The casualness with which this film treats the lead character's sexual 'awakening' is something that parents of young Britney wannabes will most likely find troubling," says Michael Elliott (Movie Parables). "Perhaps the lack of a clear moral message wouldn't be much of an issue were another actress cast in the role. With Britney, there's a huge built-in fan base of young impressionable girls who already emulate her choice of dress, dance moves, and song styling."
"Despite Britney's popularity,