Written July 31, 2014
I'll start off saying that the cinematography in this film was stellar. It was amazing, and eye-catching, and unique. I just LOVED it.
Yes, there was tons of partying in this film, but it had a lot of deeper content. If you were watching the film correctly, you could easily see the deeper psychological context, which was displayed mostly by the build up and repetition of sound. The greatest performance was James Franco, of course, who never faltered-- I admit, I was waiting to see a note of his true self. But Franco stuck to it, and performed brilliantly. Vanessa Hudgens was very intense, and stuck to her character as well, and I hope to see more of this work from her in the future. Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine gave very good performances too. But Selena Gomez was truly lacking, and displayed her little experience in the acting field. I, nor my friend. could get a grip on what she was trying to do with her character. It was the only bad aspect of the film.
Written July 24, 2014
As a confronting, out-on-the-edge film-maker, Harmony Korine got strong reactions from the narrow audience of art house film watchers he courted in his early career. "Spring Breakers" is aimed at the mainstream (I think) but also seems designed to provoke strong reactions. The story felt to me like an allegory for an America that is stuck in a type of collective adolescence where the love of sex, guns and consumerism dominate all other values. People who can't stand to see America criticized, or even reflected negatively in the most oblique fashion, will hate this film. I liked it a lot. James Franco's performance is fantastic. An original and eye-catching mixture of film and storytelling approaches taken from different genres of film really worked for me, like a genius combination of two ingredients by great chef. My only issue with this film was the ending, which felt like a studio executive had imposed it to create more of an upbeat resolution to the story.
Written September 18, 2014
This is pretty much as the title says , Spring Break . Four college girls are bored and looking to put a little adventure into their lives so they decide to go to Florida for spring break . Selena is the church goer while Vanessa and Ashley are a little more on the wild side [to help finance their trip , they rob a business] . When they arrive in Florida , they meet James , a local want-to-be gangster [you may not recognize him , he wears dreadlocks and has metal on his teeth] . James gives them the thrills that were missing in their lives [a little too much for a couple of the girls] and things spiral out of control . This is the first 'R' rated movie for Selena . There is nudity [not for Selena] and drug use [yes for Selena] so this one is not for little kids .
It's rated "R" for sexual content [including nudity] , language , drug use and violence and has a running time of 1 hour & 34 minutes .
I don't think I would buy it on DVD but it would be alright as a rental .
Written March 17, 2013
My friend and I read the reviews that, overall, it was a decent film. This movie was so bad on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. I can't believe Franco agreed to do this film.
If you like staring at t-ts & butts for 90 minutes, you're better off watching free porn on the internet.
Written September 21, 2014
God doggy! This movie so refreshingly original and raw. The cast was electric, most notably James Franco, who absolutely went to another level. Hilariously serious and rebellious. A cult classic for the ages.