February 21, 2002

Smooth Travelling

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One of the first scenes of the new Britney Spears movie, Crossroads, brings to life both every fear and expectation that moviegoers may have. In this scene, Spears dances around her bedroom wearing only underwear, a bra, and a cowboy hat as she sings along with a Madonna song, using a spoon as her microphone. It would seem the Pepsi spokes-not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman is trying to fail as an actress.

However, she quickly proves that this is not the case: Spears goes from pop- to screen star without even leaving puberty.

Spears is Lucy, the virginal valedictorian of her small-town Georgia high school. After graduation, she decides to take a road trip with her two former childhood best friends to pursue dreams on the West Coast. Vain, popular Kit (Zo