*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*
Following in the shadow of Framing Britney Spears, we were a tad skeptical about the new film, which premiered today on the streaming service. Our suspicions only grew when we started watching the doc, which covers a decent amount of already public information in the beginning—like Britney Spears’s relationship with Kevin Federline and her controversial conservatorship under her dad, Jamie Spears. Not to mention, the voiceovers by the filmmakers didn’t pull us in as much as we’d hope, and the way the information was presented fell flat (in our humble opinion).
That being said, there’s one part of the documentary that makes it worth the watch. Disclaimer: Spears fans should proceed with caution because the details are infuriating.
It all starts at the 39-minute mark when the filmmakers reveal that an anonymous source gave them access to never-before-seen documents, which detail alarming “conclusions” that were made after Spears’s psychological evaluation. FYI: Previous documentaries have referenced these documents as the reason behind Spears’s permanent conservatorship, but no one was able to access the non-redacted versions…until now.
As much as we’d love to discuss every detail, we’ll let you watch Britney vs. Spears for yourself because it’s a real doozy. However, there’s one part that is so mind-blowing, it needs to be addressed.
One of the documents states, “Britney Jean Spears lacks the capacity to retain and direct counsel.” Because of this “hole in the system,” Spears was unable to appoint her own attorney (until recently). The court-appointed lawyer didn’t fight for her in court, which is why the conservatorship stayed in place. And since she was “incapable” of retaining her own counsel, Spears had no choice but to surrender to her father’s control.
Not only did these documents influence the judge’s decision to appoint Jamie as her conservator, but Spears was also denied the right to contest this decision. Typically, conservatees are given a five-day period to appeal. But due to Jamie’s “concern” for his daughter, she was stripped of those rights and has been fighting for them ever since. Deep breaths, people.
PureWow rating: 2.5 stars
If you’ve been following the “Free Britney” movement, don’t let the low rating keep you from watching because some of the information is noteworthy. In addition to the documents, Britney vs. Spears also features never-before-heard recordings from Spears’s testimony in court.
But if you’re not very familiar with the conservatorship, it might be best to start with another documentary—like Framing Britney Spears—that does a better job of explaining the timeline of events.
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