CELEBRATING 14 YEARS OF CROSSROADS

”This time, we did not make any wishes for the future. We said goodbye to our past.Now, none of us have any idea where life’s gonna take us, because what we have is now. And right now, we have each other.”

It has been 14 years, since one of the most endearing films of all time. Directed by Tamara Davis and written by the iconic Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy), Crossroads followed on to become a massive box office smash at a staggering $61.1 million.

Lucy (Britney), Kit (Zoe Saldana), and Mimi (Tarryn Manning) are three friends who live in a small Georgia town. While as young children, they bury a “wish box” and vow to dig it up on the night of their high school graduation, also pledging to stay best friends forever. However, as they grow up, their friendship fades due to their different approaches of high school life: Lucy becomes the valedictorian, Kit becomes the most popular girl in school, and Mimi faces teenage pregnancy. On the night of their graduation, they keep their promise and get together to open the “wish box”. As they start talking again, they remember their old wishes while burying the box: Mimi wanted to travel to California, Lucy wanted to see her mother again, and Kit wanted to get married. Mimi brings up the topic of going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all leave together: Lucy to visit her mom (played by Kim Catrell of Sex and The City fame) in Tucson, Arizona, and Kit to visit her fiancée in Los Angeles.*

They set out on the road with little money in a yellow 1969 Buick Skylark convertible with a guy named Ben (Anson Mount). Lucy, however, leaves without the permission of her father Pete, who wakes up the next day to find his daughter is gone. Shortly into their journey, the car breaks down. They realise that they don’t have enough money between them for the travel nor the repair costs. Mimi then suggests that she sing karaoke at a local bar, where good singers are tipped well by the customers. While at the bar, the girls dress up and go the stage to perform. However, when the song starts Mimi develops stage fright, being unable to sing. Seeing that they needed the money, Lucy takes her place, and quickly becomes a hit with the crowd. They make enough money to fix the car and continue on their way.*

Shortly after the group checks into a motel, Kit tells the girls that she heard a rumor about Ben, commenting that he had recently been released from jail, after killing someone. The girls then spend most of the journey feeling uneasy around him, until they confront him. Ben reveals that he was in jail for driving his step-sister across state borders without parental consent, after his father was abusing her. Having established that Ben was not the assassin they imagined him to be, Lucy and Ben grow closer. The girls talk properly to each other for the first time since they were kids. Lucy reveals that her mother abandoned her and her father when she was three. Kit, who was overweight as a child, has an overbearing mother who sent her to “fat camp” but now cannot stand that her daughter is more beautiful than her. Mimi reveals that the baby’s father was not her boyfriend, but a guy who raped her after she got drunk at a party.*

After they arrive in Arizona, Lucy finally meets her mother Caroline after eighteen years; however, Caroline reveals that she has remarried, and that she now has two sons ages seven and ten. She reveals to Lucy that she was an unintended pregnancy, and Lucy leaves the house. Promptly arriving at the motel, Ben comforts her. The following day, Lucy rejoins the others and goes on to Los Angeles. When they arrive, Kit brings Mimi along to surprise her fiance, Dylan. While alone in the hotel, Lucy gives her virginity to Ben. When Kit and Mimi arrive to Dylan’s place, it is revealed that he is cheating on Kit after they see another girl in his apartment. Already upset, Kit suddenly realizes that it was Dylan who raped Mimi and got her pregnant, and she punches him. Scared, Mimi runs away, and falls down the stairs. Consequently, she loses her baby. Lucy and Ben fall in love, and against her father’s wishes, she stays in Los Angeles and goes to the audition instead of Mimi, receiving a standing ovation at the end.*

We cannot watch this movie enough! Perfect snuggle up flick just after Valentines day, things do not get more special than that! Take some time to remember this iconic gem today, by not only watching the DVD, which we are sure you have multiple copies of, but also by checking out this awesome MTV: Making The Movie, video and also our personal fave, 40 Days With Britney Spears:

Happy Birthday Crossroads!

*Wikipedia film summary