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Spring Breakers (2012)

R | | Crime, Drama | 22 March 2013 (USA)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.

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Harmony Korine

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Harmony Korine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Alien
Selena Gomez ... Faith
Vanessa Hudgens ... Candy
Ashley Benson ... Brit
Rachel Korine ... Cotty
Gucci Mane ... Archie
Heather Morris ... Bess
Ash Lendzion Ash Lendzion ... Forest (as Ashley Lendzion)
Emma Holzer ... Heather (as Emma Jane Holzer)
Lee Irby Lee Irby ... History Professor
Jeff Jarrett ... Youth Pastor
Russell Stuart Russell Stuart ... DJ (as Russell Curry aka Dangeruss)
Josh Randall Josh Randall ... Jock 1
Travis Duncan Travis Duncan ... Jock 2
John McClain John McClain ... Judge
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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. Written by Muse Productions

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Selena Gomez was encouraged by her mother Mandy Teefey to go personally to Harmony Korine's house to audition for the movie. See more »

Goofs

(around 2 min.) During a slow-mo shot of a girl shouting at the screen, one of the shaded guys to her right turns and reflects a presumable cameraman dressed in black. See more »

Quotes

Alien: Bikinis and big booties - that's what it's all about.
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Alternate Versions

To secure a "Not under 16" rating, the German distributor added some text panels to the end of the film. These panels tell the viewer that the girls were arrested, basically changing the moral outcome of the film. The DVD was released without the panels and with a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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Featured in Brows Held High: Spring Breakers (2014) See more »

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Written by Chuck Brown (as Charles L. Brown), Nelly (as Cornell Haynes), Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams)
Published by Universal Music - MGB Songs obo itself and Jackie Frost Music, Inc. (ASCAP)/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Songs Music Publishing, LLC obo Songs MP (BMI)/Swing T Publishing, Inc. obo itself, Ascent Music, Inc. and Nouveau Music Company (BMI)
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Are you not entertained?
10 July 2013 | by smellyville90See all my reviews

I have to say, that watching this movie was a total spur of the moment decision on my part and I walked into this completely unaware of what I was getting into. While watching it, I felt my senses were assaulted, but there was more to it than what I was able to discern viscerally. Therein lies the greatness of this movie. It makes you think about what images are being thrown at you and why. The image is obviously that of what the youth of our age are sold as 'the good life': money, drugs, sex and partying. This is the American Dream. This movie follows 4 girls who do despicable acts, who behave with such depravity and who are shallow to the core, that watching this can be painful at times. But that is the whole point and people who walk out of this feeling as though they have had their time robbed of them or are too disgusted by what they see are missing the point. I am not an elitist movie critic in no sense of the word either, but I know a shock movie when I see one.

I have to say that visually this movie is beautiful (and no, I am not referencing the nudity here, ha-ha). It is a dark, dreamy, neon- nightmare. I give credit to the movie for this because it is candy for the eyes. Production wise this movie is solid, as is the direction. You feel as if you are in a dream, with it's poignant use of slow motion, and I suppose that is the effect they were looking to achieve. In this aspect they succeeded with flying colours - literally. There's also a beautifully crafted scene during their robbery of a restaurant that features one of the girls rolling the car around the building, catching glimpses of what they were doing inside. A very good piece of cinematography.

The cast were great too. I can't really say too much for the female cast as they did all act well in their respective roles. James Franco on the other hand really stood out and delivered a superb performance in what I would say is one of his more challenging roles, because the character himself is just so unlikable and unlike anyone he has portrayed before. He definitely made this movie, and without him in it it would seem to be missing a magic ingredient. Time and again Franco proves his worth as one of the great actors of his generation. He obviously knew that this movie's worth exceeded the majority of our expectations.

It seems the point of this film is lost upon most, which is a shame, though I can understand why. On the surface this appears to be a shallow and uninspiring piece of crap theatre with no motive beyond showing us some tits and ass. It is so much more. I love movies that make me think, even if they are at the time disturbing to watch. Well, this is what we are supposed to enjoy watching, after all. This is what our media, our 'culture', our idols depict as the epitome of what constitutes the good life. We are told to live our youth to the full. Is this not what they do throughout the movie? Are you not entertained? No?

Isn't that just it though? The truth hurts. This is the truth of what our youth aspire to. Sad, ain't it. Maybe I should give this a 1 star rating. I'm sure that's what the director would want me to do.


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Language:

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Release Date:

22 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$263,002, 17 March 2013

Gross USA:

$14,124,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,724,284
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