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Directed by Harmony Korine

United States 2012 94 mins. In English

After landing themselves in jail, four young women on spring break are taken under the wing of Alien (James Franco), a rapper/thug with only somewhat veiled intentions. With Spring Breakers, celebrated provocateur Harmony Korine (Gummo, Trash Humpers) shoots for the mainstream both in terms of casting (the aforementioned Franco, plus formerly wholesome teen stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez) and subject matter. Korine subverts expectations by both embracing and deeply critiquing the conventions surrounding his subject matter, asking viewers to reflect on media depictions of gender, sexuality, violence, higher education, race, and class, while yielding a new cult classic for the 21st century. “The movie suggests that its spring breakers—especially its two most audacious—are getting, guns ablaze, the education of their life, and that college itself is, rather, the permanent vacation where privileged young people stay clear of the raw realities of America.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.