As Jessica Simpson and six of her best friends walk down the street with their shopping bags, they spot factory workers taking a dance break from unloading their truck. They load their bags into the friend’s car and run over. They join them in their choreographed dance routine.
Off to the side of the slowly deteriorating building, she shakes to the music.
Against a lavender heart with candy red hearts, she giggles and has a goofy grin on her face.
They tell the factory workers it was great dancing with them. Disappointed, the factory workers try to get them to stay. She gets into the passenger side of the car and waves goodbye to them. They wave back and run back to work.
On the highway, she stands up in the seat, dancing. It catches the attention of a truck driver, who waves, yelling for more. They cheer her on and she blows them a kiss. Underneath the overpass, she and her friends ask the truck drivers if they want to dance. They oblige.
Then, it’s back on the highway again.
They pull into the parking lot of Pacific Park, she pumps her hands in the air, which she should never, ever do again. They dance in front of the park entrance and meet up with the factory works. Then, in front of the ticket counter and the lavender heart, they perform another choreographed routine.
With the factory workers and her friends, they go on rides. On the ferris wheel, she holds onto the pole while her friends snap their fingers and bounce.
After spending an afternoon at the park, she and her friends leave the day. The factory workers run after them. One of them even closes the car door for her and then they chase after the car, waving at them.
It’s a typical good time for a teenager: go shopping with friends, hang out at the amusement and entertain the truck drivers on the road trip. Even befriending factory workers who then follow you around the state and chase after you after you’ve kind of brushed them off.
If anything, the video captures the naiveté and irresponsible nature of being a teenage. With the truck drivers. It’s the need to be wild and free, inviting danger but not wanting to get too close to it.
The fact that the factory workers won’t leave them alone and then accidentally “meet up” with them is troublesome. They obviously talked to them enough to let them know where they were going. Considering cell phones weren’t mainstream yet, only highlights how stupid it was to tell complete strangers their complete itinerary for the day. It will be years later, once they start getting married and having kids of their own, that they will talk about it and say “we were so lucky nothing happened to us!”
While it’s realistic teenage behavior, it’s being presented as harmless and adventurous without any consequences.
Director: Nigel Dick Year: 2000
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