Five Ways Something Ruined My Life Five Ways ‘Crossroads' Ruined My Life Erin Mallory Long

Crossroads, the 2002 Britney Spears coming-of-age movie. Yes, the movie where they WRITE “Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” from her character’s poetry! Yes, the movie that also stars Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning and is written by TV Queen Shonda Rhimes (you can tell because it gets VERY intense by the end).

The fact that I was leaving high school when this movie came out cannot be ignored. The tagline is even “Dreams change. Friends are forever.” Which, when you’re IN your senior year of high school feels very True and Real but once you leave high school you realize it’s not. But that’s fine! I LOVED this movie and let’s discuss five ways Crossroads ruined my life:

1. Wanted to Bury a BFF Time Capsule

bff time capsule crossroads britney spears

I did all of my switching schools and getting new friends fun up until I was 9. And through the kinds of moves we did I ended back at the school I had gone to for kindergarten for 4th and 5th grade. Which was good because it was vaguely familiar but also meant I missed out on years of friendship and bonding as small children. My best friend, Mallory (yes, just like my middle name!) from kindergarten was thankfully in my 4th grade class but we hadn’t kept in touch (and we were 9) so it was a hard adjustment. As a result, she’s my oldest friend who I still know (sadly, mostly via Facebook). So I don’t have From Birth friends who we went through our whole childhood innocence together. I have adolescent friends who we went through awkwardness and puberty together. You don’t make time capsules about puberty.

Anyway, I really envied their time capsule in this movie in particular. It was this thing they agreed to dig up after graduation and they all put aside their current feelings and met up to open it. Very cute and unrealistic but duh, that’s why I watch movies. Not for realism.

2. Culmination of My Britney Love

BRITNEY spears COLLAGE

I was a senior in high school when this movie came out and I can tell you I definitely saw it in the theaters. Which is only interesting to note since as a freshman in high school I turned down and mocked the idea of seeing Britney Spears in concert for next to no money because I didn’t like her. Of course, that quickly changed when I started accepting that I LOVED Britney. This manifested itself in a Pepsi poster of hers (which, as a STAUNCH Coke supporter was a bold move), another poster of her in front of a pink car, that embarrassing collage up there, and my friend Becky making me this amazing box I still have.

CROSSROADS BOX Britney Spears

Crossroads was the culmination of this Britney love for me. Well, really, if I ever get my butt to Vegas to finally see her in concert, THAT will be the culmination but whatever.

3. Dictated My Karaoke Dreams

karaoke britney spears crossroads

It is – in my humble opinion – impossible to watch this movie and not immediately want to go sing “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” with your friends. I also definitely celebrated a friend’s birthday senior year by putting on some weird wide-leg low-rise pants and a black halter top and crimping my hair so … one of us was stealing wardrobe tips from the other, Brit.

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