Spring Breakers (2012) Review

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Spring Breakers (2012)

Directed by Harmony Korine

James Franco
Vanessa Hudgens
Selena Gomez
Ashley Benson
Rachel Korine
Gucci Mane

Running time: 94 minutes

Plot Synopsis:
Spring break forever, bitches!

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My Opinion:

I have to be honest – I’m struggling to write anything at the moment and have been putting off doing reviews as I don’t know what to say. Spring Breakers is a tough one. What the hell can I say about it?!

First of all: Harmony Korine… I’d confused him with the director of Kids but it looks like he only wrote that one. I saw that years ago and barely remember it but do remember finding it pretty repulsive. Then I saw either Gummo or Julien Donkey-Boy (honestly don’t know which one) late one night and I ended up falling asleep in the middle of it and it merged into some nightmare I had and now just thinking about those movies gives me the creeps (whichever one it was – I don’t remember a damn thing!).

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What was the point of all that? I have no clue! I thought, as I believed he directed the offensive Kids and then another movie of his gave me nightmares, that I’d HATE Spring Breakers. Plus there’s the fact that I was never the “spring breaker” type and those portrayed in this film are the kind of self-absorbed twats I can’t stand. However, I kind of liked this movie. And I don’t know why!!!! I have no clue. Honestly. WTF?

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There’s no point saying much about the film – Anyone who actually wants to see this probably has by now. But it’s true when everyone has said that James Franco is the best thing about it. I’ve never been a fan, really, so this is probably the first performance of his that I did really find entertaining. It’s too bad he’s not in it for a bit longer – The movie did drag a little before he was finally introduced. I don’t think any of the girls did anything all that special, though, and those roles probably could have been played by anyone (sorry!).

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The reason I kind of liked the film overall is because I actually think there are three really good scenes (hell, that’s more than a lot of films have, I guess). The “look at my shit!” scene is great & is already a quotable classic, I don’t know why but I actually loved something about the Britney Spears/piano scene, and the “neon” scene at the end with the long walk down the pier or whatever (I try to stay spoiler-free in reviews) looked pretty damn cool at the very least! And the armed robbery scene at the beginning was quite artistic, come to think of it… So I guess that’s four.

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I won’t analyze the movie. What’s the point? Is he showing us that these people are wrong? Or is he making this lifestyle seem really cool? He’s doing both, of course – he’s managed to keep his artsy fartsy fans happy while giving horny young idiots a movie they’ll think is cool because it’s full of tits & violence. So good job, Harmony Korine! I hated these people (although Franco’s Alien is a great creation) but we’re not meant to like them and I wasn’t offended as I found them so exaggerated anyway. The movie was entertaining & looked pretty cool & had some good memorable scenes & one great character. Good enough for me! That’s more than can be said for a lot of movies these days. So I kind of liked it in a weird way. I think. Or… I at least didn’t hate it!

My Rating: 7/10


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And with that, I’d like to thank Mikey over at Screenkicker for the lovely award he gave me the other day: “The Gratuitous Nudity Award”. This is because I posted ONE gif of Chris Hemsworth’s lovely naked bum in Rush. So I’ve given you the above Spring Breakers picture to even the score. Don’t expect any more boobies on this blog anytime soon, though! πŸ˜‰

Thanks again, Mikey! πŸ™‚

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45 thoughts on “Spring Breakers (2012) Review

  1. I’ve never really liked Franco either and I thought he was pretty awesome in this thing (I also liked him in This is the End). I’m with you on this – I liked this thing but I;m not 100% sure why – lol.

    Nice rack!

      • I knew I was forgetting something today…

        I liked Hemsworth – I thought he did a good job – what I didn’t get or like at all was the constant cuts, the three second shots. It reminded me of Armageddon or that cop movie with Will Smith – Bad Boys. I couldn’t believe this was a Ron Howard movie – I also didn’t care for the guy from Inglorious Basterds. Or the formula one racing. This just wasn’t a movie for me. I mean – it’s certainly not SHITFEST material or anything that deserves a good rogering – I just didn’t like it very much – and I like Ron Howard movies.

        : (

      • You said “deserves a good rogering”. Lol! Well…. I loved it! I didn’t notice any of that stuff – I just loved the two main performances. (Daniel Bruhl was great! What?!). I just thought it was a great story & characters. Racing sucks as much as football! ; )

  2. Spring Breakers is a tough one to review, you’re right there!!

    To me, it was sort of brilliant because it was visual irony. I suppose if you’re really not these kinds of people (I’m certainly not the kind of “whooo!!! Spring Break!! Show us your ta-tas!!!!” people it features) it’s harder to get into but I managed to look at it like Korine was showing us how “great” it is for these people, but by the end you can see these people (how few of them actually bothered to stick around) were visibly shaken by the whole thing.

    Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, but don’t swallow. How far is too far? That is the question posed. It’s interesting to see what people would do. Those are my three cents. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah! You said it better than I did. As usual. ; ) Haha – I’m definitely not a spring break type. I was just surprised, I think, to have enjoyed a few scenes as I had VERY low expectations. Tom! I’m coming to your blog in a minute. I’ve been terrible about visiting blogs lately!!! 😦

  3. I went and saw this expecting a cool teen heist movie? I didn’t get that… cut out all the spring break footage and there would hardly be a movie, and hey I am a guy and all that bare flesh did nothing for me. Agreed James Franco is the best thing in it, and he was awful – and I like James Franco. Good review though.

    • Hehe. Thanks. I kind of knew what to expect from my (very limited) previous Harmony Korine experiences. Think that’s why I ended up surprised as I had VERY low expectations. πŸ˜‰

  4. I started to write a review after watching this but was totally consternated and had no idea what to write about. I didn’t know what to think before, during or after watching the movie. I thought Franco gave an amazing performance but I don’t know what he was aiming to portray. The actresses were largely forgettable but I think Hudgens and Gomez were specifically chosen to juxtapose their Disneyness with what happens to their characters.

    I read the review below by Amos Barshad on Grantland.com back in the Spring and it offers an extensive, in depth analysis of the movie, Korine and the inspiration feeding into the film. It’s a bit long but definitely worth the read if you get the chance. An excerpt; “Purposefully fragmented and surreal (Korine calls it a β€œpop poem”), it’s not the best movie of the year. But there likely isn’t another that will lodge itself inside your brain quite so thoroughly. Spring break. Spring break. Spring break foreeeeeeveeer.”


    • Thanks – I’ll check that out. : ) That’s the thing – what they say about it lodging itself inside your brain – I agree with that. I don’t think it’s a “good” movie but it’s one I won’t forget. Too many movies are so forgettable. I HATE that more than I hate movies that are really really bad. I forget half the movies I watch a year after I’ve seen them. That won’t be the case with Spring Breakers. You have to give it credit for being memorable. : )

  5. I can’t say I liked this film all that much, mainly because I just don’t like what Korine does with his films in general. However, what he talks about here is very real and painfully honest, which almost makes you re-think the way you live your life, especially if you’re my age and think the way I do. Half of the people that I know and who saw this film, didn’t really come away with anything mind-boggling, but that just goes to show you how much of it they actually “got”. Good review.

  6. I came out of this exactly the same way you did… wondering what the hell I had just watched and then thinking… that was so wrong but it was kind of awesome,

  7. I haven’t seen this yet, maybe I will get to it at some stage.

    I think that your post with Hemsworth’s bum really shocked Mikey into some sort of oblivion πŸ˜›

    • Lol! I think he liked it. Not sure if I’d ever actually recommend Spring Breakers to anyone. It’s a weird one! You’ll either hate it or not hate it but not be sure why you don’t. ; )

  8. I must have missed this review, damn! Great stuff! Nice work with the boobs but being Irish I just can’t get past the fact that its a upsetting waste of beer. I think you should try again with some alcohol free tits in your next post. Together we’ll get this right.

    PS. Have you ever been on any of these Spring Break party things. Do you have any pics? πŸ™‚

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