Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers ★★★

Spring Break. Parties galore, loud music, drinks and drugs. Unplanned pregnancies and STDs. The best time of your life? Maybe. Some people are naive, of course, but to honestly believe you could rob a business and just cruise off to vacationland and everything will be kosher? Come on now. You might be tempted to call it a ridiculous premise, but I'm sure there are plenty of people that really think they could get away with it (and are probably dumb enough to actually try.) I don't think the girls would have the balls to be that violent, though, in a real life situation. Other than that, the parties look fun and the people seem cool, good chemistry between the actresses (Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine) brought out the humanity in the characters. Lots of great shots from the top notch cinematography and nicely done editing, but the soundtrack wasn't my thing. Typical teenager stuck in a place they don't want to be in story at the heart of all of it. I guess you could think of it as a Girls Gone Wild advertisement with some story in between the shots, or maybe even a more gritty/realistic version of Project X. There's some really weird scenes though (a certain montage to Britney Spears comes to mind) and that might throw you off a little bit as it did me. In the end it was a decent party movie that didn't turn out as I had hoped and kind of fell short of my expectations, but a solid effort from Harmony Korine and good look at how ridiculous people can be. (Speaking of ridiculous, James Franco was excellent as Alien.) The ending was laughable at best, though, and kind of was the icing on the cake that ruined it for me. Definitely watch this, but if you were as excited for it as I was make sure you tone it down a notch or two before you go in, you'll be better off.

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