The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears


Action / Documentary

Plot summary

Uploaded by: FREEMAN

Top cast

Lindsay Lohan Photo
Lindsay Lohan as Self
Rose McGowan Photo
Rose McGowan as Self
720p.WEB 1080p.WEB
683.76 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 14 min
P/S ...
1.37 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 14 min
P/S 0 / 17

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp8 / 10

in frame

I saw this as a "movie" - have to admit, I don't know how it was split into 6 parts! Especially because it was so short to begin with. What this does in a very good way, is showing how Brittney came to fame and how she presented herself ... but even more so, how the public treated her. It may have been fun and games at first, but there comes a time, when it just isn't anymore.

It is almost crazy how some cannot see that. That is especially true when it comes to Papparazzi. At least this gives them a voice too. And it was interesting to hear that even they are unable to withdraw themselves once inside the ... hurricane! How can you say no to all the money the tabloids are throwing your way .. but how much blame is there to lay on them? If there is so much hunger for that sort of crazy thing ... as one commentator say: America does not have royalty, but they have stars! Though to be fair this celeb craze is not limited to the US.

What the end result can be ... is something we see here. There are certainly many factors that made Brittney snap ... now the question remains if she is a prisoner? The movie does a good job leaving this up to you ... with giving everyone who wants to say something a voice in the matter ... very troubled and complicated, even if it may not seem that way ...

Reviewed by cherold7 / 10

worth watching even if you have no interest in Spears

This documentary looks at Britney Spears life through the frame of her father's control over her through a conservativeship as well as through the media's obsessive coverage. It gives an overview of what happens and suggests that Spears is probably competent to handle her own affairs.

Some user reviews call this exploitative, but I don't know what they want. If you make a documentary about how Britney wound up without control over her own life you kind of have to show that story, which includes some extraordinary moments. They do put those moments in context, and I don't know what that's not enough. The documentary does a good job of showing how Spears had to deal with a lifetime of obnoxiousness and intrusiveness from the press, most of which comes off poorly.

One thing the documentary doesn't explore, but that is weird, is the nature of fandom, where people will devote a huge chunk of their life to trying to help a rich famous person. I'm not saying Spears doesn't need help, but I'm pretty sure there are people worse off who need an obsessed band of do-gooders raising awareness more than she does. But then, I don't get the worship of Spears specifically nor the worship of celebrity in general.

Reviewed by Prismark104 / 10

Framing Britney Spears

An example of the state of television documentaries today.

Produced by the New York Times. This is a shallow tabloid style treatment with little journalistic credibility. It is like those clickbait articles online where there is outrage based on a few people complaining on Twitter.

The focus here is more on Britney Spears conservatorship by her father since she had a breakdown in 2008. Some of Britney's fans have launched an online campaign to free her from this.

Nowadays it looks more and more like Britney is seen as a cash cow for her father and the other lawyer appointed. It must be galling for Britney given her father did not seemed to be much involved in her life while she was growing up.

It has all the tidbits of how Britney who started out as a child star achieved fame back in the late 90s. How she was relentlessly seen as a commodity by the paparazzi and media.

There are some icky bits. Why do television hosts like to ask little girls if they have a boyfriend? Here an elderly television host asked a 10 year old Britney if he could be her boyfriend.

Britney was still a teenager when she made it big. The documentary makes more sense when viewed through the lens of #MeToo movement. The differing treatment by the media between Britney and Justin Timberlake after they broke up. Television hosts directly asking Britney if she was a virgin, something they would not ask a teen male pop idol. Being constantly stalked by male paparazzi.

There is no doubt that Britney's life spiralled out of control in 2008 and it still looks that her mind might still be fragile.

This was a documentary where the talking heads were fans and some people who knew Britney once upon a time. The main players were absent.

Read more IMDb reviews