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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Vanessa Hudgens
selena gomez
Ashley Benson
Rachel Korine
James Franco.
Directors
Harmony Korine.
Screenwriters
Harmony Korine.
Running Time
94 minutes

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Plot
Short of cash for their Spring Break blowout, Candy (Hudgens) and her girl posse rob a restaurant and head to Florida, where sex, drugs and gangster Alien (Franco) await...


Review
Spring Breakers
Pitched somewhere between art installation, sexploitation and MTV Pool Party Gone Bad, Spring Breakers wears its controversy on its fluorescent thong — an abstract, deliberately monotonous extreme teen movie that, nonetheless, fizzes with a hypnotic charge. It’s also, by a considerable stretch, Harmony Korine’s most mainstream feature to date, capturing a college girls’ debauched break in hot, gruesome, grinding detail. The soundtrack’s fantastic. Korine’s ear for slurry improv adds a fresh, authentic kick. But boy, is it empty behind the eyes.

It’s tempting to see this as Korine’s 21st-century Kids, relocated to neon Florida, the ground zero of America’s wasted youth. For former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, it’s a chance to trash their prom gowns and engage in simulated drug abuse and slippery threesomes, although the characters are as thin as their bikini strings. Only Gomez’ Faith seems to truly register, struggling to consolidate the debauchery with her church girl roots.

What we are treated to is another pungent weird-out from James Franco, going the full Drexl as Alien, a cornrowed gangsta drooling through a harmonica of silver teeth. He watches Scarface on “re-peat”. He has a piano by the pool. He’s a grotesque, corrupt hip-hop caricature. The girls, naturally, see him as a life coach.

Throughout, Korine sends a warning shot of things to come by repeatedly closing the film’s leering, slo-mo party scenes with the slinky clunk-click of a loaded gun. Given the film’s eerie undertow, it’s no surprise that the hedonism turns eventually into nihilism, a last-act mutation into an avante-garde Miami Vice episode, with its shotguns, speedboats and rioting grrls in pink balaclavas.

Shot in alluring electric blues and radioactive oranges, juiced on a pounding Skrillex score, Spring Breakers’ world is alive, intoxicating and utterly immersive — but that shouldn’t be mistaken for depth. A spork has more depth than Spring Breakers. Korine puts the same idea on loop — the American Dream warped by self-gratification — and leaves it to spin on the surface. You head home buzzing on empty, in the grip of a hollow high.


Verdict
A lurid, luminous teen-bender movie, as ludicrous as it is stylish, and Harmony Korine’s best film in years.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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SPRING BREAK FOREVER

Labelled as ‘THIS YEAR’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS WILDEST FILM’, Spring Breakers is a movie experience like no other! Directed and written by ‘indie’ director Harmony Korine (Trash Humpers, Gummo), the film tells the story of 4 college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine) who rob a restaurant so they can go on Spring Break. After days of partying, drinking and taking drugs they are arrested but then soon bailed out by a crazy drug and arms d... More

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Posted by mrdselenator at 02:34, 30 May 2014 | Report This Post


A giant neon floating turd of a film. Bad even when it's on in the background. How the crew didn't keep pissing themselves laughing when Franco tried act all gangsta is beyond me. ... More

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Posted by TOPOI at 00:32, 29 January 2014 | Report This Post


Nasty

Obscene. Maybe the director had a message, but in a world of inequality and poverty, it was lost on me. ... More

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Posted by 7eke at 23:43, 24 January 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Spring Breakers

I got this out to watch for James Franco was in it, but found myself turning it off after about 45 minutes into it. ... More

Posted by Cat Lady at 14:24, 08 January 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Spring Breakers

Gucci Mane gets killed by two bikini wearing bimbos with pink ski masks what more could you ask for??? It was pretty bad I would not recommend this movie to anyone ... More

Posted by KeeNer187 at 08:53, 03 January 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Spring Breakers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv-z5jp2t3M ... More

Posted by chang at 12:38, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Spring Breakers

Most shocking of all is that while Spring Breakers takes some time to find its bearings, this may be the most confident and artistically-grounded film of Korine's career.reakers ... More

Posted by chang at 12:28, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


ALL THOSE LOOKING.....

for mere titilation should best look elsewhere. This film is shit. ... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 16:40, 10 September 2013 | Report This Post


Enchanting

Not shot like a mainstream movie but more like a dream sequence. a beautiful, shocking piece of art ... More

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Posted by hannah8williams at 01:20, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post


Unwatchable ... More

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Posted by jezy at 19:26, 12 August 2013 | Report This Post


Misunderstood

Anyone familiar with Harmony Korine's body of work knew what to expect here. Personally, I disagree with the people calling the film "boring" as that's kind of the last word I'd use. A movie this unconventional is far from boring. It's a very dark comedy underneath it all. ... More

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Posted by MoquinJay at 02:25, 10 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Loved it

Liked this a lot more than people here seemed to, but agree that its pretty empty at its core. Wrote longer thoughts link] ... More

Posted by plashy at 20:11, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


Loved it

Loud, brash, tongue in cheek and beautifully shot. It's not a happy movie, reminded me of the gangster flick Belly in places. An exploration into the lewd, the crude and the ludicrous. ... More

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Posted by danielthompson99 at 01:09, 14 July 2013 | Report This Post


Wouldnt even call this a movie.

This movie played like a flashback music video kinda thing rather than a movie, made up of scenes of them partying with very little dialogue. The only thing going for it was the hot girls in bikinis, which it seems the film maker relied on to get people to go see this piece of trash (that and empires awful review) You need someone who has eyes and ears to review for you, empire, as your rating system sucks!! ... More

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Posted by rosskelly at 10:24, 28 June 2013 | Report This Post


Spring Breakers

http://filmfanboy.com/spring-breakers/ Bikini’ s, guns, sex and drugs. This is provocative filmmaking that immerses the Disney princesses into the world of enfante terrible Harmony Korine. In terms of Korine’s work Spring Breakers makes a huge leap forward establishing him as the most provocative director in the American mainstream. What is so striking about Spring Breakers is the absolute conviction with which it embraces the strangeness of its world, it is unapologetic. Ja... More

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Posted by Conboy at 15:23, 08 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Spring Breakers

It reminded me of those teen exploitation films from the 1950s, ones that start with written blurb warning about the dangers to society posted by that wicked weed marijuana, and how teenagers are going off the rails these days. The films seems deeply conservative. I admit I was hoping for some Tarantino type stuff, and the foot fetish stuff gets a look in here. But the script seems deliberately vapid. As for soft porn, well, you can't really do that in the era where hard core is one click ... More

Posted by Professor Dent at 12:34, 26 April 2013 | Report This Post


Spring Breakers

Excellent ... More

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Posted by ruddick at 15:49, 17 April 2013 | Report This Post


Spring Breakers

Excellent ( just needed a better and more fulfilling ending ) ... More

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Posted by ruddick at 15:47, 17 April 2013 | Report This Post


first film I've walked out of in 13 years...

It takes a lot to send me running to the exits, but this was probably the worst 'film' I've witnessed in my entire life... it's like a music video that lasts 7 hours (that's how long it felt anyway), basically a mainstream porno with next-to-nothing in the way of storyline... I literally could not pick out one thing to value from this rubbish ... More

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Posted by Swedle at 00:00, 16 April 2013 | Report This Post


Just No!

Just No Forever... Ya'll! ... More

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Posted by owenyunfat at 14:46, 15 April 2013 | Report This Post


An electric, pulsating and vibrant piece of teen cinema

For a full review look on my site http://killingfloorfilm.com/2013/04/15/review-spring-br eakers/ ... More

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Posted by thearchitect at 12:21, 15 April 2013 | Report This Post


RE: fuck off

L: Qwerty Norris Even by Harmony Korine's standards, this is one of the most hate-inducing films I've ever seen. To call it a satire on both teenagers and the American dream is giving Spring Breakers unmerited praise. It's a fantastical, nonsensical trip of excess & outrage for no justifiable reason other than for the sake of it; like watching one of those Snoop Dogg x-rated videos but better shot and 20 times the length. It's insistence on tedious repetition is not so much a sty... More

Posted by snazzy_sophie at 19:28, 13 April 2013 | Report This Post


RE: fuck off

Even by Harmony Korine's standards, this is one of the most hate-inducing films I've ever seen. To call it a satire on both teenagers and the American dream is giving Spring Breakers unmerited praise. It's a fantastical, nonsensical trip of excess & outrage for no justifiable reason other than for the sake of it; like watching one of those Snoop Dogg x-rated videos but better shot and 20 times the length. It's insistence on tedious repetition is not so much a stylistic choice, but a narra... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 21:00, 12 April 2013 | Report This Post


fuck off

jesus christ empire,sort yourselves out ... More

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Posted by satan666 at 17:06, 11 April 2013 | Report This Post


No, just no!

I think many people will see this film, as this arty, alternative movie and praise it for things like visuals, soundtrack etc etc (as you guys at Empire have done). I see where you're coming from and completely appreciate different peoples interpretations of what's in front of them. However, rather than get taken in by these "positives" I simply saw a lot of negatives (which you guys have mentioned) and realized this was a bad, bad movie! The leads (girls) had no depth of character ... More

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Posted by Fooksy at 11:26, 09 April 2013 | Report This Post


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