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‘Spring Breakers’ makes a splash

April 11th, 2013

Where can you find four fresh-faced, college-aged girls trekking to Florida for the ultimate spring break, and James Franco portrayed as a drug-dealing rapper? The newest hit flick, “Spring Breakers,” written and directed by Harmony Korine, has all of this and more. Yes, more.

“Spring Breakers” sheds light on the real spring break, not the kind of break spent drinking tea with grandma or catching up on sleep, but rather the week that most college students head down to the streets of Florida to let loose and have some fun. What may seem like a movie featuring the ultimate spring break full of lazy days and wild nights sharply turns to a plot engulfed with danger and uncertainty as the spring breakers themselves get caught in the world of crime and running from the law.

Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens star as Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty who, respectively, portray your typical bikini-clad best friends under the influence of a rapping drug dealer called Alien, played by James Franco, who bails them out of jail.

The Carroll News sat down with director Harmony Korine and actor James Franco to get the inside look on how a movie like “Spring Breakers” is unlike anything seen before,” Korine said. I think everyone can identify with teenage debauchery, getting in trouble and meeting bad people.”

Korine focuses on the raw realities of spring break and puts careful consideration into all the details, from the location of the movie to the music played during certain scenes.

James Franco, a long-time fan of Korine, weighed in on his enthusiasm for creative plots that are creative and unexpected for films such as “Spring Breakers” compared to his inspiration for this particular film, “but he is also interested in popular culture, or a version of it, that is pushed to the extreme so that it becomes something both flashy and attractive, and at the same time distorted and very ugly,” said Franco.

It is obvious that “Spring Breakers” is a collaboration of genius directing, stellar acting and a riveting plot line. This is one spring break you will never forget.