Movie Reviews

bellview--i love movies

Home | Movie Reviews | Video Roundups | Essays | Game Reviews | Subscribe | Mailbag | About | Search

Movie Awards
2004 Roundup
2005 Roundup
2006 Roundup
2007 Roundup
2008 Roundup
2009 Roundup



Directed by Tamra Davis ("Half Baked", "CB4").
Written by Shonda Rhimes.
Starring Britney Spears and Anson Mount.
Release Year:  2002 
Review Date:  2/18/02 


Yes, I did.

Yes, I did go and see the Britney Spears movie this weekend.  Let's make this simple:  Britney can, in fact, act.  Unfortunately, the film around her is a piece of shit.  And damn, that Britney is hot.

It is this last point that we should focus on.  I am sick and tired of women saying that the girl isn't hot.  Whether you like white girls, black girls, candy-striped girls...girls with lots of back fat, it's safe to say that Britney Spears is one hot mamma-jamma.  (God Bless the Digital Underground.)  You can call the girl's rack fake if you want to, but every straight male that I know will tell you that the girl is absolutely friggin' loaded.  After she made the Pepsi commercial for last year's Super Bowl (I will admit that this year's "time-travelling" theme was pretty dumb), every guy I know that watched the Super Bowl talked about the same thing:

"Yo, did you see that Britney commercial?"

The girl is hot!  Come on!  Her music might be no good, but I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS.  The girl can hold the screen, and it's all good in my hood.

What was also strange today was going to the theater by myself to see this film.  I knew that none of my friends would go to see this, so I just walked over to the multiplex and slapped down cash for a matinee.  When I told the girl at the window that I wanted

"One please for...'Crossroads'"

she had this look in her eyes that said

"Not a fucking pedophile..."

which, I was okay with.  I knew it was going to come, so I prepared myself for eye burn from everyone.  The security guard near the window heard my order, too, and it looked like he might pull his baton on me for a daytime beatdown.  The girl who rips tickets up ahead looked at my ticket, and gave me a sincere look of disappointment before saying "Theater 1, on the right."  And, the mother who was with her teenage daughter in front of me seemed to say

"Didn't want to wear the raincoat, eh, bastard?!"

Hey, let's be honest:  you can't only go to the movies to see movies that you WANT to see if you ever want to be taken seriously as a reviewer, right?So, maybe today's efforts were worth it.  Too bad the movie wasn't any better.

Rating:  Rental


Comments?  Drop me a line at


Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  This is the highest rating a movie can receive.  Reserved for movies that exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development, setting...or Salma Hayek.  Not necessarily in that order. 

"$X.XX Show":  This price changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently, it is the $9.50 Show.  While not technically perfect, this is a movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.  "Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca", but you'll have a great time watching.  The $9.50 Show won't win any Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see "Office Space"). 

"Matinee":  An average movie that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.  Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about yourself.  A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave the theater saying "That wasn't too, did you see that Lakers game last night?" 

"Rental":  This rating indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one."  Mostly forgettable, you couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the video store was out of copies of "Ronin."  If you can, see this movie for free.  This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a half stars." 

"Hard Vice":  This rating is the bottom of the barrel.  A movie that only six other human beings have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.  A Shannon Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a movie.  Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or "Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!  (Warning:  strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard Vice"-rated movies.)

Home | Movie Reviews | Video Roundups | Essays | Game Reviews | Subscribe | Mailbag | About | Search

The "fine print":
All material by Justin Elliot Bell for SMR/Bellview/ except where noted
1999-2009 Justin Elliot Bell This site was last updated 01/08/09