Spring Breakers ****

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Run Time: 93 mins. Cert: 18

Synopsis: Directed by Harmony Korine, “Spring Breakers” tells the story of four college age girls who go to Florida over Spring Break and find themselves involved in various crimes.

 

The movie begins when friends Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) take extreme measures in order to raise money for their Spring Break to Florida. Having succeeded without being caught, the girls head to Florida where they get involved in a party lifestyle and meet rapper and local criminal Alien (James Franco).

 

The film is completely different to what the viewer would expect from its trailer. While the trailer gives the impression “Spring Breakers” will be a rather cheesy movie with young women in bikinis, the actual film goes a lot deeper and is a truly messed up art house movie.

 

The story is entertaining and has a number of twists. While it could easily have been predictable, the final outcome is surprising and leaves the audience wondering happened next. Having planned a wild and carefree holiday, the girls find themselves in situations they never expected.

 

James Franco gives a great performance in the movie. The way in which Alien dresses and talks makes the actor almost unrecognisable and shows how versatile he is. The girls also give good performances with Selena Gomez as innocent, churchgoing Faith and the Hudgens, Benson and Korine as three rebellious young women who will go to great lengths to enjoy life while not thinking of the consequences.

 

The soundtrack includes dance music, rap and a rather eery version of Britney Spears’ “Every Time”. After seeing the scene in which the song is performed, the audience is unlikely to view it in the same way. Along with the rest of the soundtrack, this works well with the film.

 

Overall, “Spring Breakers” is interesting and entertaining. For those who like art house films with a messed up side, the movie is a must see.

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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