Film Review: Spring Breakers



Candy coloured beach wear and slow montages.

Gummo director Harmony Korine brings us a stylish thriller full of nudity and inebriation in his latest film Springbreakers. Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachael Korine) are four university students in search of an escape from their mundane life on campus. They see their chance in the form of spring break; the only problem is that they simple haven’t got the money to go.

Not to be defeated; three of the quartet plan and execute a robbery on a local chicken restaurant to gain the funds they desperately need. After the hold-up, it’s off to sunny Florida where we see countless montages of topless girls and the quartet having the times of their lives.  Everything appears to be going swimmingly until the crew is arrested at a house party. All seems hopeless for the girls, miles from home and with no money; it seems a sure thing that the girls are going to spend another two days in jail. That’s until local rapper and gangster Alien (James Franco) mysteriously bails them out. This sets the quartet on a different kind of spring break, one that they never expected.

This sounds like an interesting premise but the narrative fails to materialize anything too interesting, it instead deteriorates into tedious repetitiveness and over done slow-mo montages. It has to be said I think this is done on purpose, I feel the film is meant be boring to build empathy for what the Americans call the MTV generation; acting as a visual representation of how sad their lives really are, instead of the monotonous screenplay just being down to poor writing.

For what this film lacks in narrative it makes up for in cinematography, the use of neon colours makes for slick visuals, if only it was paired with some adventurous camerawork it would be a big plus point for the film.  This isn’t the most entertaining feature you’ll ever see but, if your feeling a bit sexually frustrated, it will give you something to think about in the shower.


Director: Harmony Korine
Cast: Ashley Benson, Gucci Mane, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens
Runtime: 94 mins
Cert UK: 18

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