Traditionally, movies about spring break are romantic comedies packed with teen angst. Brain death is the best description.
Spring Breakers is a totally new way to do spring break movie brain death. Written and directed by newcomer Harmony Korine, it is a very difficult film to like -- or hate. Two ex-Disney faves Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are cast in very nasty, very adult roles. They're paired with Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine -- Harmony's wife -- and play college students wanting to get to the beaches of Florida for a much-needed vacation.
They don't have enough money, so they rob a restaurant. In Florida, they hook up with a gangsta played nicely by James Franco and end up doing other crimes.
The characters are terrible, the dialogue horrible, and the style of storytelling is so back and forth that it's distracting. Korine's filmmaking owes more to music videos than excellent movie making. His style is interesting, and at times brilliant, but it ends up making you wish you'd done something else for spring break other than catch this movie.
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Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine
Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars
Rated R for mature themes, violence and language. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.