Four college coeds find their Florida spring break taking an unexpectedly violent turn after falling in with a local gangster in this surreal black comedy from Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely, Trash Humpers). Left broke and alone on campus as their classmates head to Florida for some fun in the sun, coeds Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) steal a car, rob a local diner with plastic guns, and head south with their devoutly religious girlfriend Faith (Selena Gomez) in tow. But when the girls are thrown in jail following a police raid on a beachfront apartment, it looks like the party is over until wild-eyed drug dealer Alien (James Franco) inexplicably posts their bail. Sensing danger, Faith boards a bus bound for school as her three friends fall into a dangerous cycle of drugs and debauchery. Later, a scary run-in with Alien's bitter rival prompts yet another of the girls to hightail it back to campus, leaving the remaining two to embrace their dangerous new lifestyle with reckless abandon.~Jason Buchanan
"Breaking it down: behind Spring Breakers" 3-part featurette
"Harmony's ear candy" - a deeper look at the music score
Vice featurettes: "the ATL twins zone," "the redneck riviera" and "dirtona beach"
Audio commentary with writer/director Harmony Korine
Spring Breakers is one of those sleeper films that will undoubtedly fly under the radar for a few years until it's picked up as a cult favorite like Summer of Sam, City of God, or Blade Runner. The film has a poor reputation for discouraging it's target audience with promises of posh and flair due to it's star driven Disney Channel vet cast, including Gomez, Hudgens along with trailers that misled people into believing it was another teen coming of age movie. What we got was something surreal, vivid and undeniably dark about our millennial youth cultural in this time.
The plot is simple; four college co-eds are bored out of their minds and want to let off steam in Florida during that annual right of passage, spring break. They have little discretionary income, but plenty of angst and time to concoct a plan to rob patrons of a local dinner, and use their earnings to get to their destination. Along the way, they are treated with the waning euphoria of fun without consequences until they are arrested during a drug bust, only to be bailed out by a local drug and arms dealer, the ever amicable James Franco as rapper/thug Alien. A time of leisure is met with firm doses of reality and the rest is history.
Plot wise the movie is simple, in execution the film is complicated. It has been marred by critics believing the movie is about something it's not. Party scenes have a habit of inviting young women who flaunt it all and Spring Breakers is no different. Women's breasts abound in this title about every 8 minutes or so, as does drug use. The message has been lost on critics and skeptics because they're fixating on the superficial, not on what Harmony Korine (the director) intended. Yes, the movie is awash in naked women, psychedelic colors, house/techno/Skrillix remixes and senseless violence. But if you lend a discerning eye and look past the hedonism, the message is absolutely clear, and the movie pops as one of the best representative analogies to today's YOLO culture in media. People live past their youth and do so do WITH their choices.
Media wise, the film is glorious on both DVD and Blu-ray. It's a 5.1 Dolby sound encode, and there's little banding/artifacts in the presentation itself. At times, the grain is crystal, especially during up-close shots. Flesh tones are met with neon pinks, yellows, greens and other hot 80's colors that have come en vogue as of recently, popping off the screen much like the Skrillex tracks do through out the film. The special features contains at least an hour's worth of interviews, a deleted scene, and commentaries by the producers, and are a fairly solid addition as to why the film exists in the first place. They are a mix between standard and hi-def depending on which ones you're watching.
I wholeheartedly recommend Spring Breakers to anyone who can read in-between the lines of a film and pick up subtext, even if it feels like their is none. If you see the movie because you're a Disney Channel fan alone, well you may be disappointed. But if you enjoy films because of their message, especially when it's relatable, Spring Breakers is a film that will stand stronger than any Hanna Montana or Wizards of Waverly Place movie ever could.
This movie looks great on blu-ray. The movie is an arthouse style exploration of springbreak with eroticism and violence at the core of a coming of age plot about three morally lost young women. The formula of the voice over gets a bit repetitive, but this is not a run-of-the-mill type of production and people looking for something slick and glossy like the bikini clad Disney actresses in it may be disappointed by the dark material it truly is.
Recently watched this movie tho it's a little older and wanted to add it to my collection. It's a very different and odd movie but just like every other Franco movie it's funny. Great cast with a unique story. I would recommend it to others as I already have.
Some college girls really wanna go to Spring Break, I mean real bad, so they need money and they get it the hard way. Stick up game. The meet James Franco's character, shows them how to live the thug life, machine guns and money. Movie is fun and looks really good on bluray. It's wild and crazy, girls are wearing bikinis throughout film. The more I watch this film the more I like it.
Not really knowing what to expect before viewing the movie I got to say that this was pretty entertaining. The cast and cinematography was top notch and although I think the ending a little vague and bittersweet, i believe it makes you wonder and process the future and events prior. Franco is awesome and hilarious and the movie looks like a music video come to life.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I didnt know what this movie was about, I thought it was a comedy about spring break and James Franco was going to play some kind of funny role. That wasnt the case, this is more of a action drama movie. Franco did a great job in this role, very surprised. Enjoyed the special features of this one.
This was a good movie, but not what I expected! I was thinking it was going to be a more typical spring break fun kind of movie, but it actually had a lot of drama, violence, and tension. It was a lot darker than I expected, but overall I enjoyed the movie.