Recently, I had the opportunity to see Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers at the SXSW premiere event of the film. In attendance were director/creator Harmony Korine and several members of the cast, including James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. This event was about as crazy as the movie itself, as Hollywood celebrities, press, and SXSW attendees had the chance to see Spring Breakers for the first time. To say this film is over-the-top, wild, and crazy would be a vast understatement. Spring Breakers is a vulgar, provocative, unique film with many “wow” moments throughout. This film features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco in the epitome of taking spring break to the extreme.
Spring Breakers begins with footage of real spring breakers on a beach drinking, tearing off their clothes, and dancing to loud music. The audience is then taken to a college where the four girls mentioned above are in school, anxiously awaiting spring break. When they learn they don’t have enough money to make it through the trip, three of the girls decide to rob a restaurant. After obtaining the money needed for their vacation, they embark on a drug and alcohol infested trip to the beach. Soon after they begin having the time of their lives, the girls are arrested for too much partying. A drug dealer (Franco) who wants to help them continue living it up during spring break soon bails them out, and the real party begins. It quickly becomes clear how far these girls will go to have fun and experience a spring break they will never forget. (more…)