When everyone asks me what some of my favorite films of the year are, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers immediately comes to mind. Perhaps the most misunderstood film of 2013; Spring Breakers is not a teen comedy or drama, but the ultimate modern day film noir. If you walk into the film expecting Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens to giggle at each other at a slumber party, you’re going to walk away more shocked than disappointed.
The performances from our leading ladies are incredible, it features the best supporting performance of the year by scene-stealer James Franco, the film is impeccably shot by Benoit Debie (2010’s The Runaways) and Cliff Martinez and Skrillex’s score is not only the best of the year, but the most mesmerizing and my personal favorite. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and doubt that we will see anything like it again in the near future.
Four college friends Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since they were little. Desperate to get out of their boring little college town and go on spring break in sunny Florida, they rob a local restaurant to get the funds for their trip. The adventure and craziness doesn’t stop there when they go to Florida and party-hardy with college kids.
After one especially crazy day, the girls end up in jail, but are bailed out by local rapper and drug dealer Alien (James Franco). The more reserved Faith wants to go home, but Brit, Candy and Cotty decide to team up with Alien to help him with some of his dirty work.
Maybe the most fascinating thing about Spring Breakers is the fact that we are seeing a few former Disney princesses in a setting that we never thought they’d do. Maybe it’s the fact that there are college kids out there that actually are this out of control and law breaking, maybe it’s the shock level of the wild threesome scene (this film is not for everyone) or maybe it’s a combination of everything strewn together by Harmony Korine’s genius filmmaking skills.
Spring Breakers is a glimpse into the lives of the wild college students, a look into the dangerous world of drug handling and a lesson that all vivid dreams must soon come to an end.
Spring Breakers Blu-ray Special Features & Extras, A+
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Harmony Korine: Korine gives us fascinating behind the scenes info on the actors, setting, screenplay, score and more.
Breaking it Down: Behind Spring Breakers – 3 Part Documentary One of the most and most insightful making-of featurettes I’ve ever seen on a Blu-ray. Pay close attention to the James Franco bedroom scene, where the script operator is feeding him dialogue.
Harmony’s Ear Candy: Focuses on the music and score by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex
The ATL Twins Zone: About Alien’s two friends and real-life twins.
The Redneck Riviera: Features a clueless Chamber of Commerce in Florida, who have no idea how bad it gets in the area during Spring Break. Or they do and they just choose not to talk about it.
Dirtona Beach: About Daytona Beach, FL and the craziness of Spring Break.