Britney Spears’ posh but incredibly mean English boyfriend asks his lovely girlfriend, “Why don’t we see that pretty little face of yours?” at the beginning of the “Criminal” video . That remark sets off a chain of events that will certainly leave Britney fans watching the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed (“I Wanna Go” ) video on repeat.
As Britney and her abusive beau make their way out of the party, with him yelling at her for standing up for herself as he flirted with other girls, they come across Britney’s real-life boyfriend, Jason Trawick, who is playing one really hot bad guy with a heart of gold. The boyfriend slaps Britney, and Jason comes to her rescue, setting into motion their very hot — and very naked — love affair.
He takes her back to his place, where a headline reveals he’s — you guessed it — a criminal. But Britney doesn’t seem to mind. She kisses him. He kisses her. They get it on, showing lots of skin and giving fans a sneak peek into their personal life.
They then head to a convenience store, where Britney decides to break loose and hold the place up, guns blazing. After the stickup, the pair steal a car and head back to Jason’s loft for a very revealing shower scene that includes lingering shots on their wet, naked bodies.
As they wrap up the steamy shower session, the authorities close in on them, blasting bullets into the apartment. But Britney and Jason just continue to share passionate kisses as bullets soar around them John Woo-style.
Just when you think it’s the end for pop’s reigning Bonnie and Clyde, the police enter the apartment to see that the duo has escaped, unhurt, driving away on Jason’s motorcycle. As the credits roll, everyone’s left wondering what they will do next.
Britney first teased her “Criminal” single to MTV News when we caught up with her at the 2011 VMAs in August, and she was already thinking about what the visual element might look like. “Actually the song, when I first heard it, it’s really different and it’s not anything I’ve heard like this before,” Brit said. “So I really wanted to deliver this song. I was thinking of a really cool concept for the video just to make it interesting,” she added. “You’ll have to see.”