Spring Breakers

“Spring Break, Spring Break, forever …”
If you’ve seen Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” it’s no doubt those words in James Franco’s voice keep running through your head.
It’s been happening to me since I saw the film last weekend and I really have no complaints about that or Korine’s latest work of art.
Sure there is extreme nudity and lots of drug use that could be a bit polarizing for audiences, but at its core “Spring Breakers” is a story that really draws the viewer in and I actually did feel for the main characters.
Franco plays Alien, a gangster by way of St. Petersburg, Florida, in the film.
He bails a group of partying college girls on Spring Break out of jail and brings them into his world.
By this time in the story the girls Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez), have already been in a enough trouble so the addition of guns and even more money to their week of drinking and doing drugs is just a natural progression.
Well, not so much for Faith, who Alien is most taken with.
Faith, in addition to her friends, especially wanted to break free from the conformity of college and dorm life for a week but not enough to rob the “Chicken Shack” to fund their travels.
She isn’t cut out to be a gangster’s sidekick either.
After about half their time in Florida Faith, to Alien’s dismay, decides she needs to go home.
And then there were three to take over St. Petersburg with Alien.
There are no hard feelings among the girls when Faith leaves, just the lingering sense they should have all been on that bus together.
Back in Alien land, he gets to know his three partners in crime or “soul mates.”
As a boy who dreamed about being kicked out of school so he could live his life being bad, I find Alien, Brit, Candy and Cotty are very similar.
They adapt pretty well to the “bad” lifestyle and having Alien’s back against his best friend turned rival in the St. Petersburg gangster scene.
It’s a pretty simple story but when you’re watching it play out on screen in the style that only Harmony Korine could do, you won’t be able to look away.
James Franco’s performance, dreadlocks, grill and all, really made the film for me.
I have seen “Kids,” of course, and should watch Korine’s other films but right now I just want “Spring Breakers” on repeat.
As for Franco, his IMDB page makes me dizzy and I can’t wait for all of it.
He is directing, writing and starring in many films in the near future.
Franco probably wouldn’t, but he could say “Look at all my sheeyit!”


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