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In an era where crazy party movies are along the lines of Fun Size or 21 & Over, no one was expecting the most talked about party flick of the year to be created by renowned indie filmmaker Harmony Korine. Even more alarming is the cast is not made up by his usual unknown actors, but by Oscar nominee James Franco, Disney Channel starlets Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson from “Pretty Little Liars,” and Korine’s own wife Rachel. But ultimately, Spring Breakers has become the raunchiest and satirical teen romp of the year.
While on spring break from college, three bad girls (Benson, Hudgens and Korine) and a good girl (Gomez) head to Florida to party and get wasted. When the fun goes too far and lands them in jail, a rapper-gangster (Franco) bails them out and recruits them to be a part of his world of crime.
For those old enough to remember Korine’s Kids, which raised eyebrows 18 years ago, Spring Breakers uses a familiar theme of very young people doing very bad things. Korine, the very definition of a “love him or hate him”—type of filmmaker—creates this surreal world of tongue-in-cheek dialogue and trashy morals. Franco gives a hysterical, nearly unrecognizable performance, while Gomez proves she’s ready to graduate from the teeny-bopper scene.