A Filmster Quickie: Spring Breakers

spring breakers poster

Release Date: March 22, 2013

Watched: July 13, 2013

Review: July 15, 2013

Director: Harmony Korine

Starring: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Ashley Benson

The Filmster Rating:

Beware Rating

Synopsis: Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget. – IMDb

Review: Spring Breakers is a film that presents a lot of style, but it is also a mindless and boring film, with no ounce of substance. It is unsure, what the message of this film was trying to convey. For most of the film, it plays as a music video and all it shows, are young people having wild and crazy parties and music playing over it. Scenes kept getting repeated, so it felt like the movie wasn’t moving, giving it a dreadful slow pace. Nothing would be happening, until the girls were thrown into mind boggling situations. All the girls did a sub-par performance in their roles but its James Franco who shines, because of how ridiculous his character is. Spring Breakers has a stylish direction to it, but none of it can save how terrible the rest of the film is.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“Still, it’s impossible for me to say I didn’t embrace the movie. Franco’s character alone was worth the price of admission, but it was also interesting to watch Korine’s gonzo, gratuitous filmmaking in action. It’s certainly a daring movie, and a fun one, too, if you can be open-minded to the explicit bacchanalia on display.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

“Spring Breakers is the type of movie that gets better once you start to think about it. The messages and ideas about society and how far we are going down the gutter, are as interesting as I think Korine has ever said in the past, but the fact that there is no type of story really backing it all up, seemed to be a major fault on his part.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

“The bizarre look and feel of the film and the performances alone make it a film I already adore, but the repetitive pushing of its basic themes are a genius way to approach a generation that is repetitive. It is the perfect time capsule.” – Films With Cappie

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading.

11 responses to “A Filmster Quickie: Spring Breakers

  1. Totally agree with you! I don’t understand the idea that this is some sort of commentary on an empty and hedonistic lifestyle and that the more is suppose to be boring because THAT’S THE POINT? If it’s boring, which it is, why waste your time with it!

  2. It’s a nutty film, but it’s one that has a reasoning to all of it’s madness and for that, I had to give Harmony Korine some props. Not too much props, but just enough props for doing something with his craziness. Good review Issy.

  3. This one really seemed to split audiences and critics. I kind of want to see it because I reckon it might just be stupid fun… but then I read a review like yours and I have second thoughts!

  4. Thank you for the link, Issy! I completely understand the love/hate this film receives, in a lot of ways it completely deserves the hatred. In saying that though, I respectfully disagree on “no ounce of substance”. Whilst on the surface it is quite brazen about its intentions, there is a lot of subtle underlying messages going on. I personally love the near constant (and rather subtle) biblical references, especially the references to 1 Corinthians 10:13. However, to the films detriment, it gives you no reason to keep digging if you can’t get past the surface… that has stopped it from reaching its full potential.

  5. I gotta disagree on this one,I think the idea if the film and the montage sequences was make you feel like you were slap bang in the middle of the action, as well as taking you back to your teens and remind how important it was to be having a good time, I thought the style was great but the only thing that annoyed me was the cliche ending which didn’t sit well with me.

  6. Interesting review, I’ve heard so many mixed things about this film. Like how you’ve incorporated other people’s thoughts into the review, love that technique.

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