Journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr investigate Britney Spears’ fight for freedom by way of exclusive interviews and confidential evidence.

Director: Erin Lee Carr
Writer: Sloane Klevin
Release Date: September 28, 2021

I guess I am on a documentary kick.

The title Britney Vs. Spears (2021) puts everything out there on the table. The duo of Jenny Eliscu and Erin Lee Carr combine forces to shine a line on Britney Spears and the conservatorship that was placed on her following her first major run of popularity and her failed marriage to Kevin Federline.

If I have to give credit to director Erin Lee Carr and writer Sloane Klevin the most credit for anything, it has to the fact that they showed every Netflix viewers that conservatorships…are bad. They don’t seem good for anything, or anyone? This particular one with Britney Spears and her father would appear to be very damning for their purpose in our society.

If I have to take some merits away from Britney Vs. Spears, it is the fact that we do not hear directly from the two major parties in the conservatorships. Britney wasn’t involved with the making of the film at all, and she has done nothing to acknowledge it. Naturally Mr. Spears wouldn’t want to speak…but there are multiple people in this documentary who wouldn’t even speak damning ill-will against Jamie out of fear and not wanting to get in the mess. Sure, that may be a message in itself, but if we want to really know how bad it is, then let’s get all of the juicy stories.

Those who speak out most on Britney’s behalf are her former agents and male friends. They show remorse for not doing enough while they had the time with her. All of these individuals were eventually pushed aside someway as the sheltering of Britney Spears grew.

One of the most damning stories told in this documentary was when Britney was driven to an open space not knowing what she was going to do. Everyone else knew what she was doing, but she was kept in the dark. What was she being driven to do? This entire cover-up operation was only to get her to a place where she can drive her car for a sense of freedom. That is some sick stuff.

This little escapade is directly comparable to when earlier in the documentary a light was shone on Britney driving recklessly to escape the paparazzi. There she is driving to get away from the camera lens, but here she is driving fast with her hair flowing and only those who she trusts around her. This is where Jamie Spears can make an argument, but he is still wrong in the way he approaches it. You have to let people learn from their mistakes and work through things and know when to let them go. Jamie Spears did not appear to know when to let things go.

There is over controlling parents, and then there is Jamie Spears. When the numbers flash on the screen near the end of the movie and it is illuminated that the star worth over 500 millions dollars gets an 8,000 dollar a month allowance. That is asinine. Just insane.

In terms of ranking, rating and reviewing movies, documentaries are among the hardest with comedies and horror stories. In terms of Britney Vs. Spears, I enjoyed it because I learned new things, but I was left longing on wanting to hear from some of the hated voices and the way it all wrapped up. I do appreciate how this story didn’t worry as much on the cultural impact of Britney, instead focusing on the less-shined upon abuse she took at the hand of her father. Britney Vs. Spears is worth a watch, but it is okay as a secondary viewing experience.

STANKO RATING: B- (3.5/5 Stars)


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