Excerpt: Four listless and bored college girls are feeling that old irresistible itch for adventure and are certain that a week of unbridled rebellion in Florida holds the answer. Woefully short of funds to finance their devious enterprise, they follow Quentin Tarantino’s sage advice to all would-be criminals and rob a coffee shop.
Excerpt: Four college friends want to go down to St. Petersburg, Florida for spring break, but they don't have enough money so three of them decide to rob a restaurant. Once they get down there, they encounter the gangster rapper known as Alien (James Franco), who takes them under his wing in his criminal empire where they get into progressively more dangerous situations.
Excerpt: For a generation of youthful television viewers, MTV's spring break coverage defined the annual pilgrimage in which college kids ventured to Florida for a week or two of sex and booze in the sun. Starting in 1986, the network effectively sold this fantasy by repeating endless images of scantily clad bodies gyrating away on beaches to the latest pop hits and beautiful people lounging around the pool.
Conclusion: Spring Breakers seems designed to inflame passions and spark debates, even though Korine declares in the commentary that he wasn't trying to make an indictment of anything. It's brash, gritty, funny, thrilling, and quite a bit unsettling. The contrast between the sweet and innocent exterior of these four girls, and the actions they are willing to perpetrate in their flight from boredom is bracing.
Excerpt: Four girls (Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars ; Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical ; Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place ; Rachel Korine, wife of writer/director Harmony Korine) want to head down to Daytona Beach for spring break but don't have the money to go. Easy solution! Pull off a couple of robberies to fund their party. Unfortunately, the spring break celebration lands them in a little bit of trouble.
Excerpt: Spring Breakers is edited to put audiences in a catatonic state, mind-bendingly repetitive and creepily voyeuristic. Shedding their Disney origins (and clothes), Selena Gomez joins Vanessa Hudgens in this romanticized depiction of gun laden debauchery, societal norms and innocence ripped from four young women.
Conclusion: Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' is a cinematically experimental indictment and exaltation of superficial excess, empty sexuality, and materialistic desire. Though humorous, the movie is also darkly disturbing, revealing potent social commentary beneath its surface level exploitation. The video transfer and audio mix are both impressive, offering an unconventional but very engrossing experience.
Excerpt: The Film If you're at all familiar with Harmony Korine's 1995 film Kids , you should know that the director doesn't shy away from showing young people in compromising positions. That's Spring Breakers in a nutshell. It follows childhood friends Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), and Cotty (Rachel Korine), who are all so incredibly bored with college life, they need a little R&R.
Conclusion: Some of the marketing for Spring Breakers might lead you to believe the film is nothing other than a sort of sexcapade comedy with Franco and a bunch of nubile young women. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm frankly not entirely convinced that Korine's deconstructionist efforts bear nutritious fruits, but as snack food, Spring Breakers is deliciously sweet and tart. This Blu-ray offers great video and audio and comes with some excellent supplements.
Excerpt: Very few vacationers who embark on a weeklong spring break trip expect safe, wholesome, squeaky-clean, life-empowering experiences. They temporarily abandon the day-to-day grind of work, school or reality in search of guiltless, gratuitous debauchery fueled by gallons of booze and ounces of illegal substances. To paraphrase Nevada’s tourism bureau, what happens on spring break hopefully stays on spring break.