Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Breakers Review - Zero Stars

“Spring Breakers” takes “Girls Gone Wild” to the edge.  It turns a group of young women (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) into robbers and ultimately killers. “Spring Breakers” has plenty of buzz because two of its stars — Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens–gained their fame as Disney stars.  They play college age beauties bored with their classes but lacking the money to party in Florida.  So they don ski masks and rob a local restaurant with realistic looking squirt guns and a sledge-hammer and off they go.   Once in Florida, we see non stop drinking, drugging, sex, and nudity which ultimately takes our foursome to the local jail where small time gangster/drug dealer James Franco bails them out and lures them into his world.  Selena Gomez, portrayed as a church going Jesus loving innocent,  breaks first and takes the bus home.  Rachel Korine—who in real life is director Harmony Korine’s wife— gets shot in the arm, a flesh wound.  The wound puts her on the next bus out, even though an apparent drunken orgy earlier in the story had no effect.   Hudgens and Benson remain  and turn hard core, vowing to help Franco rub out a rival.  The movie ends in a hail of blood and death and bullets with more than a few surprises delivered by the gun toting girls in day glo yellow bikinis.  Some may call this brilliant, but basically it copies “Natural Born Killers” “Wild at Heart” and even “Badlands”.  Some may call this brilliant, but it exploits its four stars, especially the two former Disney players with the promise of seeing these innocents in “R” or “X” rated situations.  (In fact Hudgens participates in a threesome during the final moments before the final bloodbath. )  Get the picture?   Count me out.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Lurid violent mayhem.  Is it entertaining?  Repetitive.  Is it worth the price of admission?  I overheard a college guy at the preview where I watched say “I’m glad I didn’t pay to see this.”