Friday, August 2, 2013

Spring Breakers (2012)

Director: Harmony Korine. Cast: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco. 94 min. Rated R. Drama/Crime.

Teenage college girls have fun and party and experiment with drugs (with opening shots ironically juxtaposing this to a college professor lecturing about the 60s teens' sociopolitical movements), then commit burglary to fund their spring-break trip to Florida, ... to have more fun and experiment with more drugs.  This is a scary snapshot of today's youth - a selfish, self-indulging generation of low-achievers, who will go to any extent, just to live in their own little paradise. I was surprised how well this movie was able to disgust me, and for the first time, how good an actor James Franco is.

PS: Amazing how similar to Cabin in the Woods, studios advertise their movies as something they are absolutely not, just for a few more bucks. In the case of Cabin, the trailers promoted it as a teenage slasher movie, while it was actually a horror spoof. In this case, the posters advertised the film as a chick flick, while it's obviously a dark crime drama. The result of such erroneous campaigns, is that those who are interested in the advertised genre are disappointed, and those who want to watch the actual types these movie represent, never go to see it.

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