Bikini Bandits

Spring Breakers is just as wild and crazy as it sounds. Even more so, because I was shocked by what I saw. Spring Breakers is an A24 movie (so you know it’s gonna be good) about four girls who leave for spring break. What makes it shocking is the fact that three of the girls rob a diner just to fund their trip. Then they end up in jail after a rowdy spring break party and a white rapper named Alien bails them out. Basically it’s all just downhill from there. Spring Breakers gathers a cast of actresses who were once known as “the good girl.” Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson to be specific. They’re all here to shed their perfect image. Although you might be surprised to know that not all the girls stick around until the end. Two of the girls are sane and the other two are insane, but I won’t say who. Spring Breakers is full sensory overload and it got so uncomfortable at times that I’m certain I’ll never see it again. Not that it’s a bad film. James Franco plays the aforementioned rapper and it’s probably one of his best performances. It’s also very well made and topical, but there are just parts of it I felt went too far. Some people would argue that the movie is sexist. If you’ve ever seen a wild spring break party in your life, you know that half the girls are topless, everybody’s getting drunk, doing drugs, and making bad decisions. So that sexist argument makes no sense, because that would be denying reality. Spring Breakers is meant to be an uncomfortable experience and for the most part, it succeeds.

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The spring breakers: (left to right) Faith, Brit, Cotty, and Candy

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