Britney Spears 'From the Bottom of My Broken Heart' # # # # #
It seems fitting that the video for Britney's final single (in America, at least) from her debut album is, in essence, a video that details a young woman packing up her juvenile troubles in a tiny suitcase and leaving her small town for the Real World of adulthood. This metaphor is simple and surprisingly underplayed in the video yet is one of the most intriguing things in Britney's videography up to this point. In a way, the packing up of her youth in 'From the Bottom of My Broken Heart' lets us know that, even a couple years before she declared it in song form, Brit's not a girl anymore. She's 18 now and ready to move on from this stage of her career. Unfortunately, this about all this video has to offer as its ode to Young Love Lost is neither original nor interesting in any particular way. The whole video feels like a lesser subplot on some Christian-friendly teen soap on ABC Family or The CW (back in the days when 7th Heaven was their big show, obviously). Britney looks gorgeous, and it's nice to see her acting goofy in those brief moments when everything is good in the relationship, but it's obvious this weak, faux-serious melodrama isn't her forte. You know she's just treading water until she can offend someone once again. And boy does she have plenty more of those moments coming up in her career.