O@tM: Spring Breakers (2012)

Not really a new movie, but a very weird one. Come on suffer through it with me …

SpringBreakersPoster
Shit or Arthouse or shitty outhouse?

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.

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.

IMDb: 5.3

James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
Looks like fun, right? It isn’t. :/

Of the two synopsises above the first one is short and not giving us much info but at least it’s more honest than the second one that was obviously made to trick audiences into the theatres. Both are missing the point anyway. And, tell you what, it doesn’t even matter. The whole plot is secondary, just a vehicle to transport some sorta message. Hubby and me are still busy trying to figure it out. Or we would be if we hadn’t given up on analyzing this polished turd.

Spring Breakers (2012)
Style over content. 😦

But we’ve learned something from watching this C-movie, probably not intended by its director and writer, Harmony Korine, but clearly to see for us. What we took home from this flick was a deep sadness. Sad that all our European experiences and prejudices have been confirmed in a single little shitty film.

Spring Breakers (2012)
Stupid girls = dangerous girls!

But ok, first things first, the technicalities: Spring Breakers was filmed and directed like an elongated music video. Of course it’s clear and obvious. Thousands of swim fashion models with drink and drugs make first rate MTV material. Problem with this POV is that Mr. Korine kept at it all thru the movie. So even when our teenies are in court and thrown in jail they do so in the most stylish way. It’s kinda hard feeling any sorry for those silly cows, when they are draped so picturesque and half nekkid on their prison bunks.

James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
But the Florida sunsets are indeed spectacular!

On the other hand I gotta say the acting was quite ok, which shouldn’t have been a huge prob for the girls, among them Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens – they were basically playing themselves ffs! Especially good was James Franco as the bad guy. He tried Snoop Dogg coolness and surprisingly got away with it. Easily his best weird work yet.

Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
To jail you go, beaches!!!

It must be said, the seedy underbelly of Florida, the ultimate sadness of the overly flamboyant teenie culture was shown quite well in Spring Breakers. The atmosphere, achieved by overly aggressive use of colour filters, was the right kind of sunny and seedy.

Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson in Spring Breakers (2012)
MTV lurves this shit. 🙂

But here’s where the positives stopping for me: The time jumps, the many repetitions, the mostly brainless babble of all characters, the wannabe deep phone calls to family members, this was all too much, painted with a thick brush where a fine fountain pen was needed.

Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson in Spring Breakers (2012)
Bitches could and should’ve stick to the beaches!

Harmony Korine obviously thought his target audience was the same as the portrayed party-hungry and ruthless kidz, and with that wrong perception he signed the death penalty for his movie. Coz teenies wanna watch funny comedies or horror slashers, while mature and the fabled YA audiences expect to find a bit more ham in their sandwiches. Spring Breakers failed to deliver on all aspects.

James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
Bad girls? No, just bored and stupid and emotionally crippled.

We could acknowledge, this was intended to be a work of independent movie art, there was love put into the project. But it never showed.

Very realistic insight into the US prison system. Send in James Franco and count me in. 🙂

Now back to what I personally got from Spring Breakers: Haven’t we discussed the differencess in upbringing of kids in Europe and America? So you should also recognize all the repressed emotions, the stunted development, the forced uniformity and the desperate ways to escape the earnesty of being human beings by the American youth. Of course when you’re under pressure and being regulated, controlled and spied on 24/7, when you’re not allowed a natural growth, than whole generations of young people are freaking out and getting totally out of control at the very few occasions where they are allowed relative freedom, such as the fabled spring break in sunny Florida.

James Franco didn’t choose the thug life, thug life choose James Franco.

Of course when you are only allowed to consume alcohol in the ripe age of 21, when you’re driven to school by schoolbus or by your parents, when you live in dorms even when already in college or uni, you can’t develop into an self-reliant, independent adult in any normal way. And the sad result of this repressive culture shows in bad flicks like Spring Breakers. All the persons in the movie were around, physically at least, 18-21 or so, but basically still kidz in society’s eyes and their own underdeveloped minds.

Spring Breakers (2012)
I tell ya those gurlz are up to no gud!

CONCLUSION: Who doesn’t love a summery romcom with a bunch of fruity bikini girls and James Franco? And if Spring Breakers was anything like that it could’ve been a decent flick. Unfortunately Harmony Korine wanted to create a piece of indy art … and failed badly. 😦

Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
Scooters are The Shit! Every girl should have at least one. Serious.

Chris Stuckmann liked it. But what does he know?

Spring Breakers (2012)
It starts with baking soda and a mirrored lounge table …

Mark Kermode: “Self-indulgent and full of itself.”

Spring Breakers (2012)
… and ends with stylish powerboat cruises into the sunset … and gunfights.

Grace thinks it’s Harmony Korine’s best work. Haha, so what? Far as I know he only produced shit until Spring Breakers. But she agrees with me that James Franco is great in this.

James Franco and Selena Gomez in Spring Breakers (2012)
Too cool for school. 😉

 

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