Release Date
March 22, 2013
Director
Harmony Korine
Screenplay
Harmony Korine
Distributed By
A24
Budget
$5 million
Crime, Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout
94 minutes

Spring Breakers

“Spring Breakers” is far from perfect, but it does display enough potential to lead director Harmony Korine onto bigger and better things, the likes we’ve seen from many up-and-coming directors, specifically the recent rise of director Nicolas Winding Refn. It is then interesting that Korine uses the same composer, Cliff Martinez (along with Skrillex, who, together, produce the best soundtrack so far this year), as Refn’s “Drive” which banks some of its success off the composer’s special brand of soundtrack.

Seeing just the name, Harmony Korine, I assumed this film was directed by a female, which made me feel better about the depiction of women, half- and fully- naked, partying like an episode of “Girls Gone Wild”, almost to the point of making the viewer uncomfortable. Obvious some of this can be attributed to the social commentary on a particular generation, but I feel a female’s perspective on the subject would have held more weight.

Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez all take huge steps out of their comfort zones and rebrand themselves, no longer the Disney generation, but flesh-and-blood, sexual beings, and believe me, they are sexual from scene one until the very end. James Franco also helps the film stay grounded, offering some of the most poetic portions of the film. Although the shotgun transition sounds are often out of place and the repetitive, echoing voice over is often unwarranted, there’s enough going for “Spring Breakers” to make it an independent success.

 

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