No animals were harmed in the making of
That's not meant negatively. Korine is a resolute sleaze monger, whose nightmarish daydreams include "Trash Humpers," along with the script of
It's about four teenage Southern college girls, three nasty, one nice. The nice one, a good Christian believer, is played by Selena Gomez. The others, her spring break traveling companions, are played by
Director Korine plays this entire lark right down the middle. It's the old story in Korine's script: The girls tell themselves they're acting as if they're in a movie, and like natural-born killers they're simply playing the roles of the hell-raisers on parade amid a Florida packed with gleaming flesh. Sprung from a night in jail for crimes unrelated to the robbery, Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty owe their bailout to the predatory goodwill of a gangsta rappa named Alien. He is played by
Those who write off Franco as a limited, one-note actor need to see "Spring Breakers." He's smooth, funny, sinister and alive every second in this strange riff on "Where the Boys Are." The film is worth seeing simply for the montage in which this self-made playa displays to his latest prey all the great stuff he owns, from nunchucks to pistols to cunning home furnishings.
As he has in past works, Korine pushes and pulls the episodes of his films this way and that, repeating incidents, foreshadowing others. The character Alien appears to have been weaned on a steady viewing diet of "Wild Things"; he lives his tricked-out life like a perverted Gulf Coast version of Puck.
Korine has become a very interesting filmmaker with "Spring Breakers." He samples every sort of music-video trick and change-up, yet the referencing works. The Gomez character provides the necessary outsider's shock and awe; most everything else about Korine's inversion of an entire genre risks excess, and then a surfeit of excess, followed by an excessive surfeit of excess. It's a beach-party movie that morphs into a
MPAA rating: R (for violence, language and sexual content)
Running time: 1:34