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Plot: Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper "Alien" promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 21 Mar 2012
A sometimes thrilling, very hypnotic, poignant piece of filmmaking. (by grounden1985)
I can't describe the elation I felt leaving Spring Breakers--truly one of the best films to hit mainstream cinemas in a long time. It was a breath of fresh air amidst all the cookie cutter romantic comedies, dramas, action films, and horror movies that plague modern cinema. The stamp of a good film is the impact factor--how long it stays with you when it's over. Spring Breakers was a film that stayed with me long after leaving the theater. It didn't evaporate from my mind as soon as I hit the parking lot. This film affects you and leaves you in a mood long after the credits <more>
appear.Those seeking a fun "party film" will be disappointed. The TV ads, poster, and cast have probably misled some viewers into thinking this is a cross between The Hangover and Project X. Don't let the cast or the marketing fool you--this is not a "feel good" movie. It's a dark, exciting, tragic look at modern youth culture that doesn't so much as revel in the pop culture sensory overload as hold up a mirror to the audience so we can see some of ourselves in these kids. And if you're like me, you'll find this kind of self-reflection very disturbing. More than once, I was disgusted and enthralled with these characters, not knowing whether I should feel amused, angry, or sad. This is truly the best deconstruction of modern culture I've seen.The movie starts with our main quartet of female characters struggling to find a way around the fact they don't have enough money to travel to Florida for that much-hyped, almost mythical annual rite of passage nearly every college kid in the country has to face at some point: spring break. Selena Gomez is easily the most likable member of the cast--a young girl struggling to balance her Christian faith and values in the moral wasteland that is college life. One moment we see her praying in church, and the next she's passively condoning the fact that her friends have just robbed a restaurant in order to obtain the rest of the money they need to make it to Florida. In one poignant monologue, she speaks of the monotony of life and how everyone is depressed because they wake up and see the same things every day. Her desire to go on spring break is almost spiritual in nature--a soul-searching journey in which she just wants to be someone new and be free.The spring break party scenes are manic--loud music, hypnotic imagery, and disorienting colors all come together like some kind of dream. The fun soon ends once the girls are arrested for using narcotics at a wild party. They have two options: pay a fine, or remain in jail for another two days. Out of money and unwilling to call their parents, the girls languish in jail until a mysterious visitor posts their bail. Enter James Franco as Alien, a white gangster with gold teeth, dreadlocks, and a ton of money and guns to go along with his criminal tendencies. Franco truly breaks out in this performance, becoming someone I never could have imagined he'd be able to pull off back in his Spider-Man days. His intentions are murky and the film never misses an opportunity to make us feel uncomfortable witnessing his interactions with the girls. It's at this point that the film takes a drastic turn into even darker territory, the trip slowly proving itself to be more than a few of them bargained for. Thus begins the tragic slide into the dark nature of these characters, as they find themselves participating in and doing things bound to seduce the audience into an awe-struck state more than once.Not that any of this is told through a conventional narrative. The whole film feels like one crazy, hypnotic dream, from its use of colors to its loud, insane score that ranges from romping party fun to atmospheric, moody pieces that underline the darker moments in the film. The narrative jumps around in time and space, pasted together through flashbacks, flash forwards, and repetitive lines that linger in the back of the viewer's mind like a broken record. The cinematography is flat out excellent and the filmmakers make perfect use of the beautiful Florida scenery amidst all the sheer depravity we witness on screen, with more than a few shots of the beautiful Florida sky and sunset to remind us of our humanity.By the time the film reaches a delirious montage of violence set to the unlikely tune of Britney Spears' song Every time, Korine has us hook, line, and sinker feeling a sense of revulsion and pity for ourselves and the world at large. Any film that can provoke this type of uncomfortable self-contemplation deserves to be praised.In the end, I left the theater feeling like I'd just come off an intense acid trip into the darker recesses of modern culture, emotionally exhausted and ready to get in my car and drive home in silence, reflecting on what I'd just seen.If you're not expecting to have fun and aren't afraid to look inside yourself to that aspect of your personality that craves materialism and vapid entertainment at the expense of losing some of your humanity, go and see Spring Breakers. It's truly one of the best films of 2013 so far and will no doubt be a cult classic in years to come. Just don't blame me if the film haunts you long after it's over.
OK, so I saw "Spring Breakers" last night at the Gothenburg Film Festival and it's still fresh in my mind. My first reaction was one of absolute elation after witnessing an extraordinary piece of transcendental art. The film feels somehow beyond the postmodern dichotomy of good/bad or high/low - rather - it reads like some sort of hyper-simulacrum that reflects contemporary culture in an extremely complex manner. The themes of the film are similar to what Korine has touched upon before: mundane reality vs. an intense "heightened" or elevated existence beyond good or <more>
evil, where reality is replaced by a or the dream that goes on forever and ever. But in "Spring Breakers" those themes are presented in more dimensions than in for example "Mister Lonely" or "Trash Humpers".The liquid colorful cinematography is spectacular throughout, though some scenes especially stand out, for example the robbery and the montage that goes along with Britney Spears "Everytime", spectacular examples of great art. There is a method of repetition that runs through the film which I'm sure will annoy quite a few people , dialogue is repeated, scenes are repeated, images are repeated, the sound of a gun being loaded used brilliantly as poetic punctuation is repeated - every time eschewing the original meaning of said occurrence - thereby adding another level of analytical value and another point to the already complex sentiments. It really speaks volumes of contemporary culture where the "dreams" of the populace is nothing but representation and spectacle in its purest form. With "Spring Breakers" Korine has really managed to reflect, deconstruct and subvert the way the great fun of it also becomes the grim menace of it, I find genuinely subversive what some might see as banal popular culture and escapism and turn it into radical poetic hyper-cinema, and I truly found that masterful.I look forward to the general reaction to the film once it gets a wide release, but I doubt it will be a hit with either mainstream audiences or bourgeoisie film critics. I think it will appeal mainly to fans of art-house exploitation or experimental genre-cinema.
The genius of Korine and Franco Magic (by faithisagoodthing)
This movie was brilliant in breaking down what's fundamentally wrong with our current society in terms of greed and "I WANT IT NOW" culture, in a unique style format.I've read people complain about too much nudity but if you have ever been to Spring Breakers, it's much much worse, just see Youtube.Also, has everyone forgotten that to be famous now unfortunately, you basically have to act like a porn star? Real talent is now last on the list, and in any given movie or in real life the aim is to show some skin, whether needed or not. Example, look at twitter or facebook <more>
and the idiots who post naked photo's of themselves, whether famous stars or not, yes - it's wrong, because there is a time and place for everything but Korine just created what's happening now to the extreme and I thought it worked perfectly.The performances were alright by the four leading ladies, they didn't really have enough to play with in terms of story but the whole movie still worked with the amazing soundtrack.James Franco deserves an Oscar for his role such a versatile and method actor , and I hope the Academy finally gets something right, as I feel the role of Alien inspired by a rapper named Dangeruss mainly, who should be getting much more media attention will become iconic and should be rewarded.If you don't know Korine's work before going into this movie, then yes, you will be extremely disappointed or in shock, so best to check out his previous work beforehand but for those who do, then enjoy the ride it works.Clearly, this movie has already divided people's attention, regarding some saying a classic vs. the worst movie ever or just plain confused.However, at least Korine has made you slightly think than the normal blockbuster. Try, watching it a second time and breaking it down further, this might help so many different interpretations you can take away from this movie, if you just open your mind .Anyway, I truly enjoyed it and will never consider Britney Spears "Everytime" the same way again, that alone deserves the Oscar win for Franco.Well done, all involved and a cult classic for sure.
I don't even know where to begin...Harmony Korine is a true artist. That might be where to start, because everyone seems to diss this film and its director, and I'm here to disagree. He kept his style, and that's why I loved it! Most people who went to see this probably didn't know anything about him and also probably didn't care about who he was or what he had done before... The guy wrote the 1995 drama "Kids" directed by Larry Clark, which was the most controversial film of that year, dealing with hard and difficult themes to portrait on film such as teenage, <more>
sex, drugs, street life etc... and treating of problems people didn't want to face. But Larry Clark's documentary and realistic style made the movie look like an open critic of this generation to the world, and was therefore more accepted by critics. In 1997 Korine then directed the very strange independent film "Gummo", which didn't really have any scenario, just a presentation of a little town in Ohio and its very bizarre set of characters... But the movie was still pretty good because of its weird and sentimental atmosphere mixed with documentary-style filming. He also made other independent films, but all of them always stayed in the "weird" and "unknown" section of DVD libraries.Here Korine has grown up and gained more experience with the years. This is by far his most accomplished work, but unfortunately by distributing this movie to a bigger audience, he encountered a lot of criticism and hate, just because more people saw and discovered his style. I am afraid that most people today just watch films to have something to watch. Movies nowadays are being more consumed and less actually watched and thought-over. The poster and the trailer for this film were a parody of these easy-selling films that the Hollywood industry makes every year, who don't have anything particularly original and that's on ALL levels : directing, script, acting, score are all very similar to any other film made by the studio , but instead of seeing the parody of these posters with those good-looking girls, people took it seriously and thought this was just going to be another teen movie about spring break with some fancy action scenes and a seen-before plot. But no, this was something NOBODY could've see coming... or at last not general, ordinary, image-dose seeking spectator.Now lets actually talk about the film, I kind of got lost here! First things first : the cinematography and the look of this film are amazing. Even if you didn't like it, you can't say that this wasn't beautifully shot and crafted. The camera work is probably the best I've seen in a long time, and the neon colors add a really good look, which contributes to the atmosphere the film is trying to have. Then, the acting is great. James Franco totally takes his character to another level, even thought Korine has done an amazing job with this one, as he often never disappoints when it comes to characters. The girls are good too, and I was really surprised by Selena Gomez. Now comes the score and music : noting to say, absolutely brilliant! All songs fit perfectly to the scenery of spring break, blending Skrillex with hardcore hip-hop but also getting on the sensitive and emotional side sometimes with a Britney Spears cover seems like she actually made some good songs an awesome atmospheric score by Cliff Martinez, as always he did the score for Drive and Only God Forgives and of course putting Ellie Goulding's Lights in there, just brilliant! Now, some parts of this films aren't perfect, this isn't the best movie ever made or anything, but it is true work of art and not just a mix of drugs, sex, profanity and violence made by a crazy director in order to sell it. No, this is a very well-thought film, made by a director who actually has the balls to keep his own style no matter the audience is, and who uses sarcasm and reversed psychology in its storytelling in order to transmit its message, which lets be honest isn't the most common way to do things in modern American cinematographic industry...To sum it up, this was an extremely underrated movie, mostly watched by a lot of dumb teens and young adults who thought it was just going to be another Hollywood style flick starring old Disney actresses who want to break their image, but instead of that they got a weird art-house film that didn't follow the "rules" of the filmmaking industry and therefore disappointed them because it wasn't particularly funny in the way that most films are, and it showed sex, drugs and violence in a real, strange, and too explicit way for them to enjoy. Hopefully there are still some real cinema lovers out there who recognize the true value of this film. To them I say keep good and interesting movies alive but watching them, and to Harmony Korine, I just want to say thank you and bravo, for having the guts to put out on screen such a wonderful nightmare!
Reasons to watch Spring Breakers:1 Korine used composer, Cliff Martinez, who also composed the music for Drive, which had great music and you know it. Skrillex is also a composer for this film. 2 Harmony Korine constantly talks about the use of "Liquid narrative" in each of his Spring Breakers interviews. This is a real pleasure to watch, with some repetition in lines and future scenes beginning in the middle of the current scene. You never get bored. 3 Britney Spears' music is bizarrely used in the best kind of way. May be my favorite scene in my entire movie watching <more>
A sad, sad portrait of societal degradation (by StevePulaski)
Not since Ron Fricke's Samsara have I experienced such an enormous sensory and auditory overload. Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers annihilates both senses with absolute impunity, truly making this one of the most engrossing and consuming pictures so far this year. It possesses a style and a message that is so bluntly honest and terrifically captured that it deeply pains me that the audience that needs to see this the most likely will not, due to its eclectic nature and limited release.Let me begin by saying that this is not the film you think it is. The trailers and commercial spots <more>
have done a solid job at attempting to communicate this, but I feel some will still be expecting something a bit too familiar. To go into Spring Breakers expecting something along the lines of a raunchy comedy will be nothing but a cruel and colorful letdown. This is a smart, vibrant, hypnotic fever-dream of a film, heavily accentuating a mix between mainstream raucousness and subversive indie-style. It's something unlike anything I've seen in years.The plot follows Faith Selena Gomez , Brit Ashley Benson , Candy Vanessa Hudgens and Cotty Rachel Korine, writer/director Harmony Korine's wife , lifelong besties who decide to ditch their monotonous lives to hunger for something bigger and badder over spring break. They head to the sun-soaked "paradise" that, allegedly, is Florida, where the girls, already low on cash, first commit a robbery on a fast-food restaurant in order to fund their trip. After that, it's all the dancing, partying, drug-using, drinking, screwing, and gyrating they can stomach.The girls are then arrested for being a part of a large band of twentysomethings, who entirely demolished a hotel-room. They don't spend too much time in prison since local, second-rate rapper who calls himself "Alien" played by James Franco in an astonishingly direct fashion decides to bail them out. In return, he takes the four girls and then three, when one boldly makes the decision to leave when things are beginning to go awry under his wing, showing him his wealthy lifestyle and exposing them to the violent drug-culture.This story doesn't move nearly as fast as you'd like to think, either. It's punctuated frequently by loud, bombastic musical numbers often scored by popular techno-artist Skrillex , repetitive montages that heavily emphasize nudity and senseless debauchery, long shots of dreamlike sequences, among other things. It is one of the most accurate replications of this MTV-driven culture I've seen in years. I will go ahead and say there's not another movie you should see this year as much as this one.Writer/director Harmony Korine has erected his career off of making shocking, often nihilistic pictures with some sort of emphasis on the degradation of teen culture. His debut film Gummo remains as shocking and as raw as it did when it was made in 1997. However, his best work is still Kids which he wrote, and his close friend Larry Clark brilliantly directed , which centered on an HIV-positive teenager who made a habit out of deflowering young girls in New York City. The film was hard to watch, heart-wrenching to fathom, and so jaw-droppingly pure and authentic in its dialog that it would be difficult for me to experience again.Korine's statement in Spring Breakers is one that is difficult to directly pinpoint, but I think I may have something. What I can extract is that Korine is trying to show how inconsequential the actions of adolescences have become within the last few years. It seems with every decision, we move further and further from thinking of others and how they may be affected by our choices and attempt to achieve self-gratification and satisfy our impulsiveness. This is a lethal, depressing, but an apparently upcoming standard in teen behavior. Take for example the robbery that happens early in the film. The girls do not seem to carefully plan the event, hence the very impromptu execution we see, and frighteningly, show no remorse when the incident is over. Only one girl, who ups the courage to leave the group, becomes tired of it all and heads home. The other three girls seem to be unleashing something more than just a "YOLO" attitude when hanging out with Alien; something far deeper and more psychologically troubling.Moreover, the neon-cinematography featured here can just be described as hypnotic and nothing else. It's plagued with every color of the rainbow, often resulting in a dizzying, unrelenting trance that gives this film the vibe and uncompromising energy it needs. I can only seem to equate the effect the cinematography has on the viewer to watching the color bars on a TV usually when a network signs off and having someone shake the TV in every possible direction. This leads to the overwhelming sensory annihilation I spoke of earlier.Spring Breakers does everything boldly, beautifully, and shockingly unsettling, as it even goes as far as to brilliantly subject former Disney-branded starlets Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens to the drug-fueled, sex-crazed drudgery of this film. If this doesn't sound like your kind of film, 21 and Over should still be playing in the same multiplex, not too far down from the theater Spring Breakers is in. Perhaps that is more your speed, and that's perfectly fine. Just be aware that that a growing culture and, quite possibly, the one you enjoy, is being satirizes and accurately depicted in a theater near you. Happy viewing.NOTE: My video review of Spring Breakers, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v L7qUTpYRQ6oStarring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Gucci Mane. Directed by: Harmony Korine.
Going to be the most hated and yet underrated film to come out this year - Korine at his finest (by thejoshl)
Mr. Korine is a strangely unique director that uses this film to bore you into understanding how a generation growing up with MTV and girls gone wild has deeply mutilated the pursuit of happiness with nihilistic extremity — however his satirical exploration leaves you uncertain whether to laugh, cry out in horror, or stare in disbelief at its overwhelmingly artistic beauty.I watched this opening night and was shocked at how good of a movie it had turned out to be. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I walked in so it turned out to be a nice little treat, but to my disbelief when I <more>
got home I began reading up on it and all I could see were tweets and posts about it being the "worst movie ever made" and "absolutely disgusting soft core porn". I couldn't believe that these people watched the same film I did.As far as performances go there isn't much here other than Franco. The four girls do a decent job, the most notable being Selena Gomez although her character wasn't in it for a lot of the highly regarded scenes. James Franco is the star of this film. His performance is dark, uncomfortable and most of all hilarious. He hits it out of the park in the movie managing to make people unsure whether to be uncomfortable or laugh. His character is narcissistic and insane, yet you like him. He brings so much humanity to a place it shouldn't be.Aesthetically, this movie is absolutely brilliant. The cinematography is fantastic. No matter how you feel when you leave this movie there is no denying how well shot it is. The lighting is beautiful and adds this feeling of darkness you might normally find in a well made horror film. Normally I wouldn't appreciate that very much but it was so properly executed with the great editing and slo-mo sequences. No surprise from the sound department either; the sound design and music brought to us by the brilliant Clint Martinez Drive makes what seems like a never-ending soundtrack that compliments the visuals masterfully.Under all that the movie still manages to hit its theme, just in a way that a lot of people will miss and I believe this is the key to enjoying the film. It's meant to be boring. The use of repetition is so excessive it leaves a mark. No matter how much fun these girls are having it feels very dull and boring. This is the point! If you think for a second what you're seeing on screen is supposed to make you feel excited than go watch Project X. You're not intended to feel how the girls feel because they don't understand. Throughout the film you should feel uncomfortable, disgusted and at times sad. This film to the right audience should be as much a horror film as it is a dark comedy.Spring Breakers is a unique experience featuring lots of depth and style. This film will most likely be the most hated and underrated film to come out this year. I apologize on behalf of the general public Mr. Korine. 8/10 On a side note:The film has been said to support rape culture. I know it can be hard to understand for some people but sometimes film - like a person - uses sarcasm. This is the case. The film shows lots of naked females having fun, very much trying to replicate spring break culture in Florida however the film isn't a mockery of spring break, it's about the marginalized kids who have been brought up on Disney princesses and MTV. The kids who grew up with role models like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The film isn't meant to focus on girls losing their innocence but instead girls searching for something and realizing it isn't what they thought it was. Spring Breakers is going to cause a lot of disagreement regardless. After reading this you will love or hate it all the same; what I won't stand for is people being unwilling to look past the surface and see this film for what it really is. Be sure to check out my review site: thejoshlreviews.com
I have to say, that watching this movie was a total spur of the moment decision on my part and I walked into this completely unaware of what I was getting into. While watching it, I felt my senses were assaulted, but there was more to it than what I was able to discern viscerally. Therein lies the greatness of this movie. It makes you think about what images are being thrown at you and why. The image is obviously that of what the youth of our age are sold as 'the good life': money, drugs, sex and partying. This is the American Dream. This movie follows 4 girls who do despicable acts, <more>
who behave with such depravity and who are shallow to the core, that watching this can be painful at times. But that is the whole point and people who walk out of this feeling as though they have had their time robbed of them or are too disgusted by what they see are missing the point. I am not an elitist movie critic in no sense of the word either, but I know a shock movie when I see one.I have to say that visually this movie is beautiful and no, I am not referencing the nudity here, ha-ha . It is a dark, dreamy, neon- nightmare. I give credit to the movie for this because it is candy for the eyes. Production wise this movie is solid, as is the direction. You feel as if you are in a dream, with it's poignant use of slow motion, and I suppose that is the effect they were looking to achieve. In this aspect they succeeded with flying colours - literally. There's also a beautifully crafted scene during their robbery of a restaurant that features one of the girls rolling the car around the building, catching glimpses of what they were doing inside. A very good piece of cinematography. The cast were great too. I can't really say too much for the female cast as they did all act well in their respective roles. James Franco on the other hand really stood out and delivered a superb performance in what I would say is one of his more challenging roles, because the character himself is just so unlikable and unlike anyone he has portrayed before. He definitely made this movie, and without him in it it would seem to be missing a magic ingredient. Time and again Franco proves his worth as one of the great actors of his generation. He obviously knew that this movie's worth exceeded the majority of our expectations.It seems the point of this film is lost upon most, which is a shame, though I can understand why. On the surface this appears to be a shallow and uninspiring piece of crap theatre with no motive beyond showing us some tits and ass. It is so much more. I love movies that make me think, even if they are at the time disturbing to watch. Well, this is what we are supposed to enjoy watching, after all. This is what our media, our 'culture', our idols depict as the epitome of what constitutes the good life. We are told to live our youth to the full. Is this not what they do throughout the movie? Are you not entertained? No?Isn't that just it though? The truth hurts. This is the truth of what our youth aspire to. Sad, ain't it. Maybe I should give this a 1 star rating. I'm sure that's what the director would want me to do.
An allegory of our depressed, mostly materialistic, youth culture and it's mutation into a self destructive acid wave. This is an underrated film. I'm guessing, mostly because it uses a contemporary directing/aesthetic approach which can lead to the misconception that this movie is actually superficially entertaining.Just the right casting, the 4 girls are the consequences of MTV and celebrity culture gone wrong. I couldn't tell which one of them was more depressed. I'm guessing Ashley Bensons character who seemed playing around the idea of death at any given time. Plus, it <more>
contains one of the best scenes in years. At the very least, you will enjoy it.