For a biopic of a superstar like Britney Spears, Lifetime’s Britney Ever After could have taken a variety of different directions, especially considering her numerous reincarnations — most recently, her re-emergence with a Billboard top five album and successful Vegas residency. Lifetime chose a documentary-style look into some of the most tragic moments of Britney’s life, regardless of whether they ever happened.
Let’s take a look at the six biggest “oops” moments from Britney Ever After:
For a biopic that relies so heavily on speculation and less on documented occurrences, the moments captured in pictures and videos should be a ringer. However, social media took notice real quick when Britney’s iconic 2001 American Music Awards denim dress turned into a denim jumpsuit. They also took note as Britney’s hot-pink bobbed wig (from 2007, an infamously rough year in her life) became a purplish blue.
If U seek pacing
The pacing leaves you wondering if Britney Ever After had trouble nailing down a firm timeline, or if the jumpiness was a storytelling device gone wrong. Minutes after skipping ahead to 2008, Britney is married to childhood friend Jason Alexander — a real-life event that happened in 2004. When Kevin Federline appears, their romance is set to the soundtrack of Britney performing her 2002 cover I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.
A biopic against the music
Given that Britney didn’t give her approval to the film, it was unlikely her music would be used. Without her music, though, the biopic relies on the few covers Britney recorded over the years. Even with the limited singing, Britney’s signature style (which has proven somewhat easy to re-create) fell flat.
Not a genius, not yet an idiot
No one ever claimed Britney Spears was an intellectual, but as a businesswoman with a career spanning two decades, she’s clearly not stupid. The biopic paints Britney as helpless, ignorant, and at times, completely incompetent. Her Kentwood, La., accent was expected to play its own role, but Britney Ever After turned young Britney into a mouth-gaped-open hick capable of only saying, “Y’all!”
It’s difficult to cast a true-life story with a whole set of actors who look and sound like their counterparts, but the arguable leads, Britney (Natasha Bassett) and Justin (Nathan Keyes), left something to be desired. But if anyone should be cutting a check to Lifetime, it should be Kevin Federline, whose acting complement in Clayton Chitty gave a pretty incredible six pack scene. Fortunately, casting never attempted to find a Madonna.
Hold it against Justin
Hopefully, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel took the night off because Britney Ever After came for JT pretty hard. Speculation that relied on the belief that Justin was a jealous mess led to a characterization of Timberlake as sleazy, overly sexual and cold. Of course, that ended in an alleged dance-off, as all true early 2000 feuds do. We’ll never know who won, if it even happened.