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Spring Breakers by Annapurna Pictures Muse Productions Division Films
Directed by Harmony Korine (James Franco Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens) Release Date: 2012 (Item added by rdooski3)

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Childhood friends and college students Faith, Brit, Candy, and Cotty plan to go on a spring break vacation, but don't have enough money for the trip. To obtain the funds, Brit and Candy rob a fast food restaurant using hammers and realistic-looking squirt guns, with Cotty as the getaway driver. Faith, a Christian and the most innocent of the group, is taken aback by Brit and Candy's actions; however, she overlooks their crimes and travels to Florida with them. On the trip, the girls attend wild beach parties, engaging in drinking and reckless behavior. After a rambunctious party, they are arrested and bailed out by Alien, a rapper and gangster from St. Petersburg. Faith becomes uncomfortable with Alien's surroundings and lifestyle; she decides to leave, begging the girls to come with her. Despite her pleas, Brit, Candy and Cotty return to Alien's mansion and become part of his crime ring. At a strip club, Alien runs into his rival Big Arch, who warns Alien to stop selling drugs in his territory. Alien ignores him and, in retaliation, Big Arch executes a drive-by shooting on Alien's car. Cotty is shot in the arm during the confrontation and decides to return home. With Cotty gone, Alien, Brit and Candy begin a sexual relationship and decide to take revenge on Big Arch. They go to his waterfront mansion in Alien's boat, but Alien is subsequently killed. Brit and Candy kill Big Arch and his men, leaving their signature pink ski masks in the water by the dock. The girls then kiss Alien's dead body, and leave Florida in Big Arch's Lamborghini. Edit Description (Description last edited by rdooski3)
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 Would Pass This One Up   July 7, 2013   Report Abuse
By Carinna   This is my only review so far.
While I understand what the director was trying to do, the movie itself was a little over the top with the nudity and partying. James Franco is amazing, always a pleasure to watch and the cinematography was fantastic. Loved the ending- was truly the best part of the movie.
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 Good but not Great   July 7, 2013   Report Abuse
By rdooski3   This is my only review so far.
This is a strange film. On the one hand, it looks likes an extended music video, filled with mindless scenes of teenagers having one big party. On the other hand, there's clearly more to it. Some characters are so one-dimensional and cartoon-like, that the whole film becomes a sort of mockery of the modern teenage culture. This ambiguity is very clever, because the film appeals to a teenage audience as well as to the art-house audience Harmony Korine is usually associated with.

But at the same time, this ambiguity stands in the way of 'Spring Breakers' being a really good film. Unlike other serious movies about teenage culture, like 'Thirteen', 'Ghost World', Korine's own 'Kids' or the recent 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower', this film looks too easy. The temptation of showing lots of girls in bikini has been stronger than the ambition of trying to tell something meaningful.

Still, there are some nice moments. The hold-up in the restaurant is beautifully filmed from the window of a car slowly passing by. It's nice that, later on in the film, the director shows some short moments of what happened inside the restaurant. I would have liked more ambitious film making like that, and less footage of wild parties.
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