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-->''This time, we didn't make any wishes for the future. We said goodbye to our past. Now, none of us has any idea where life's gonna take us, 'cause what we have is now. And right now, we have each other...''

'''Crossroads''' is a 2002 comedy-drama roadtrip film directed by Tamra Davis and starring Music/BritneySpears, Creator/ZoeSaldana and Taryn Manning (before ''Film/EightMile'').

Written by ShondaRhimes, 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 (''Film/AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane'') as Ben.

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. Britney wanted "a movie with meaning which didn't talk down to her peers and dealt with real issues" and no one can doubt it deals with real issues, pregnancy, cheating, running away, runaway parents, abusive parents to name a few. It's also subtly written enough that her younger fans around the time could understand it.


!Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Lucy's dad smothers her, her mother abandoned her, and Kit's mother criticised her for her appearance as a child and now resents her. Ben also takes his stepsister away from her physically abusive father.
* {{Adorkable}}: Britney Spears being, well, Britney Spears uses this to her advantage.
* AlphaBitch: Kit, especially at the beginning.
* AmericanAccents: Of the Dixie variation, ya'll.
* AtTheCrossroads: And HOW x 4!
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Prom queen Kit, Lucy the valedictorian and Mimi, who can throw a mean right hook.
* BeYourself: an idea subtly played into the movie.
* BerserkButton: you don't touch Ben's car!
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: [[HairOfGold Lucy]], [[SassyBlackWoman Kit]] and [[FireyRedhead Mimi]].
* CluelessAesop: All that stuff about sex, its dangers, and its consequences ends up falling apart because it's a PG-13 film aimed at tweens, and the characters end up dodging all the worst possibilities. Mimi's ConvenientMiscarriage is probably the most infamous one.
* ComingOfAgeStory: And how for all those involved.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the song title: "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman".
* CannotSpitItOut: Lucy's father closed offness when it comes to her mother going AWOL kicks off the plot.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Mimi has this after they get to LA.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Kit is in pink and purple, Mimi is in blue and green, Lucy is in yellow and white, and Ben is in brown and grey.
* CoolLoser: Lucy and Mimi are this.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ben went to jail for taking his abused little step-sister across state lines.
* DramaQueen: Kit. She is constituted of 60% drama and 40% sass.
* EasterEgg: The DVD features Easter eggs in the form of diary entries/talking to yourself moments for Lucy and Ben, which are used as trailers for the movie.
* EmptyNest: Why Lucy's father didn't want her to leave...
* {{Fanservice}}: Britney in her underwear, but also all of her singing scenes have some fanservice-y outfits. It has been suggest that her [[BareYourMidriff midriff]] should get it's own credit in the film.
* FollowYourHeart: Worked in with the Lucy plot.
* ForYourOwnGood: Lucy gets forced to become a doctor by her father for her own good.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
** Lucy as the Realist
** Ben as Apathetic
** Mimi as Optimistic
** Kit as Conflicted
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Mimi is Phlegmatic
** Kit is Choleric
** Lucy is Melancholic
** Ben is Sanguine
* GirlishPigtails: Mimi's favourite hair style.
* GoGetterGirl: subverted with Lucy. Her father raised her to be this, in order for her to become a doctor. We later find out she just wants to enjoy life and persue music.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Kit's mom sent her to fat camp to become more attractive, but now resents that her daughter is more beautiful than she is.
* HollywoodNerd: Britney Spears playing a nerd, a damn pretty nerd at that.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Lucy mentions this being her reason for running away the first time and her reason for asking to leave the second time.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Lucy and Ben in their almost kiss in the woods, interrupted hilariously by Mimi's screaming about something that bit her in the ass. HilatryEnsues.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Henry outright states this, this is why he has to lose his virginity before going to college.
* MayDecemberRomance: Played with the Lucy-Ben plot.
* MyBelovedSmother: Kit's mom and Lucy's dad.
* MissingMom: Lucy
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Because having two Aesops is not enough, this is the most Anvilicious Aesop nevertheless.
* ParentsAsPeople: All the parents are flawed, but human.
* PermaStubble: Ben. Part of his TroubledButCute [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] appeal.
* PluckyGirl: Mimi.
* OverprotectiveDad: Lucy, to the nth degree.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: The cause of Mimi's pregnancy, and Kit's fiance is her rapist.]] Lucy is manhandled at a bar until Ben steps in, which comes just before [[spoiler: Mimi's admission.]]
* RebelliousSpirit: Mimi is depicted as being this at school.
* {{Sex As Rite-of-passage}}: Lucy's lab partner treats it all as this and it's played as this for Lucy at the end of the movie.
* SlumberParty: The girls' night at the hotel turns into this, shown in a heart warming montage.
* {{Tagline}}:
** Dreams change. Friends are forever.
** What we have is now. And right now, we have each other
* TeenPregnancy: Mimi.
* TravelMontage: Being a travel movie, yes.
* TroubledButCute: Ben. Has the bad boy act down to the obligatory vintage convertible, tattoos, man jewelry, and PermaStubble.In fact, he is actually a very nice guy.
* TownGirls: Kit is girly, Mimi is a tomboy, Lucy is inbetween.
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: Lucy-Doctor or Singer, Mimi + Kit-return to hometown or settle in LA, Ben-continue relationship with Lucy or leave her be as she's younger than him.
* UptownGirl: Lucy and Ben's relationship is depicted as this. Not exactly played straight, seeing how she is middle class at most, and he is from a trailer park.
* TheUnfavourite: Straight as you can get since Carolyne had tells Lucy to her face that she never wanted to have her and that she was a mistake, abandoning her the moment she was born. She later had two sons to another man who she did not leave.
* WallBangHer: teased in Lucy and Ben's sex scene. A little odd, seeing how it's her first time. Up against a glass wall.
* WaxingLyrical: Seeing how this is Britney's movie, it's hardly surprising that her nusic is shoved in evey corner of the movie. There is a scene where Lucy reads to Ben one of her "poems", ''I'm not a girl''.
* WrenchWench: Lucy has surprising shades of this. Part of her HiddenDepth.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Kit's]] fiance turns out to be a major cheater, [[spoiler: not to mention rapist.]]

---> ''All I need is time, a moment that is mine, so while I'm in between,''
--->'' I'm not a girl, not yet a woman''