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In 1999, Robert Stephens beat out 12 biological women and girls to win a Britney Spears look-alike contest—which offered as its prize a chance to meet the star herself—only to be rebuffed by the Spears organization when he attempted to collect. Ludi Boeken's witty comedy uses this incident as a jumping-off point for a comic fantasy about a crazed low-budget filmmaker (Milwaukee schlockmeister Mark Borchardt of American Movie) and his hapless crew, who fail to score an interview with the pop princess and instead trick a drag queen into playing her for a series of “exclusive” interviews on the road to a much publicized concert in New Orleans. The result is unexpectedly understated, thanks to Jonathan Bourne's subtle script and the many fine performances. Boeken bypasses the common gags about Spears, zeroing in on the paradox that she seems at once artificial and absolutely authentic: the impersonation offered by Stephens seems no more fake than the singer's impersonation of herself. 83 min.

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