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Reel Review – Spring Breakers (2013)


Director: Harmony Korine
Rated: R
Release Date: March 22nd, 2013
Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson

I had extremely low expectations when I decided to watch Spring Breakers.  To be honest, the only reason I actually got around to watching it is because I’ve been hearing some opinions from people saying James Franco got snubbed this award season for his role in the movie.  Honestly, his performance is the only somewhat redeeming part of this attempt at a film, though not even close in my opinion to any award nom.  No amount of neon colors, hot girls, or trippy camera transitions could save this movie (and trust me, there’s plenty).

Spring Breakers follows the story of four college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine) who decide to rob a restaurant for money to travel to Florida for Spring break.  After getting arrested, and with all of their money spent, a notorious drug lord named Alien (James Franco) decides to bail them out.  In exchange, he hires them to do his dirty work.  Over the course of the vacation, each girl realizes there’s more to life than relentless partying, and discover who they really are.


The entire film is loaded with mindless fluff.  I wouldn’t even be able to count how many times the same slow-mo montages of a beach party was used over the 94-minute runtime.  Talk about deja vu…. While a darker tone of the film is set by having each girl take turns narrating, some of the movie’s quotes are replayed in an echoing background style, and it gets annoying pretty quickly.  The dialogue is awful, and the plot is so predictable it hurts.

I’d like to say this is a decent movie, but it really isn’t.  I don’t know how it possibly holds a 65% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and even a 5.4/10 on IMDB seems to be pretty generous.

Overall, I will admit James Franco’s gangster performance is just about the only thing that’s so insane about this movie that it actually works (sort of).  The good-looking girls are just for show, and the rest of the movie is literally made for a visual experience.

Also, just a heads up for parents; Just because Selena Gomez is in this, does NOT make it a kids movie, by any means.

Reel Rating: 4.5/10

Written by Josh Sazin on January 25th, 2014, with a link to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB


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