100 Words: Spring Breakers
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Published on March 23, 2013 | Filed under SXSW 2013
Spring Breakers

Don’t call it stunt casting.

Spring Breakers strikes a delicate, and frankly fascinating, balance. Minimal plot (4 college students commit “armed” robbery to fund their spring break excursion) mixes with genuine humor and gratuitous vice to create something both very accessible and very Harmony Korine.

The whole cast delivers; even the eyebrow-raisers work in the film’s universe. Really, I’m talking about Selena Gomez. Her character is so unabashedly earnest that it all makes sense on the screen.

What happens when “little girls” play at being criminals only to find they enjoy it? SB is an almost farcical exploration of that idea.

Christine enjoys obsessing over Paracinema magazine. She also loves well written hour long TV dramas. Her free time is spent with her many boyfriends: Brian De Palma, Edgar Wright & Alfred Hitchcock.

  • James

    I saw the trailer for this last weekend when I went to see Mama. I may have rolled my eyes until I saw it was ‘A Film by Harmony Korine.’ My eyes soon stopped rolling and just popped right out of my skull. I may need to go see it when it opens.

    • Christine

      I would REALLY be curious to hear your thoughts. I think there are some visuals in there that you’d dig.

  • LabSplice

    You know, I had seen this on the list of SxSW films and was initially a little curious. At the very least, it seemed like a nice movie to pair with Sofia Coppola’s upcoming The Bling Ring. And then the reviews started coming in, and they went from positive to overwhelmingly positive to obnoxiously positive and I found myself pushing back against all the praise.

    It was nice to read a shorter, 100-word piece that reminded me of why I was interested in the first place. Maybe I won’t like Korine and Franco as much as others, but that doesn’t mean I should watch the movie looking for reasons to dislike it. Thanks for helping me keep perspective!

    • Christine

      Hey, thanks to you for saying all these nice things!

      I hope you do see it at some point. I think this is a film that could easily be a lot of things to a lot of people. But knowing what I do about your humor and your aesthetic, I’d say there are some things here you’d be into. Pop culture humor and meta shit.