Spring Breakers photo courtesy through SXSW/ L-R Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens
Spring Breakers written and directed by Harmony Korine has been screening in film festivals internationally since September of last year and made its U.S. Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Sunday, March 10, 2013. It arrived with so much buzz and popularity that not all press, nor all festival badge-holders were able to make their way into the Paramount Theater that evening, as it was filled to capacity. A second screening was held at a smaller theater capacity located on 6th St., the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, during the week and a fellow critic mentioned how coming out of that theater that evening straight onto the street where real life Spring Break revelers were hanging out, was quite an experience. After viewing the film AND having been in the midst of the film and music festival, I certainly understand how the throngs of people, young and older, would evoke flashbacks from this film.
The 94 minute film certainly earns the R rating for the strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, violence throughout and language, which is the least of the issues I would be concerned about as a parent to any child, but especially girls this age. Parents, be aware that although Selena Gomez is in this film, it is certainly not the film that you want to take your t’weens to see this or any other time. I do have to say that to her credit, Gomez’ character Faith wears a bikini and keeps her clothes on in the film, but I cannot say much for the other tough cookies in the film.
I absolutely love James Franco’s performance in this film and in the first scene as a local rapper, I did not recognize him. Franco transformed himself into this character, Alien a drug pusher and arms dealer in Florida where the four young beauties, Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) have gone to par-tay and “find themselves”.
It is Alien who discovers them in the courtroom and bails them out, but of course, with strings attached. They find an adventure of a life time and much more than they bargained for after meeting Alien and since they did not budget for going to jail, they give in.
Don’t expect to see much more than what you may have seen in other films with beach parties and college age young adults; little to no clothes, smoking of all kind and lots flowing – music and liquor. They can only imagine they are in a video game or film for so long before reality hits.
For adults who are not easily intimidated or turned off by all of this, I certainly say this film is a must see because of Franco’s performance and the great musical score by Cliff Martinez (Drive) and Skrillex. Learn more about the soundtrack on http://www.springbreakersmovie.com/
Spring Breakers is already in theaters in New York and LA, but it hits theaters nationwide on March 22nd. Believe me, it is screening in so many of the theaters in Austin, I am sure there is a theater near you.
Source: SXSW and http://www.springbreakersmovie.com/