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Spring Breakers
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Aug 5, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Harmony Korine

Actors:
James Franco
Selena Gomez
Vanessa Hudgens

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Four chicks want to hit spring break hard, but fall short in the cash department. After robbing a restaurant to fund the trip, they still end up busted and get bailed out by hustling street thug who has sinister plans for his new found foursome.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember watching this trailer and thinking “did a fifteen year old dude come up with the premise for this movie?” To look at it, we’ve got four bikini clad (barely legal) girls heading for spring break—which in itself is the premise for every GIRLS GONE WILD film. Ironic, considering the first few minutes of the film feel like they’re taken from one. This isn’t a bad thing, I suppose, though you can’t help but feel a little dirty when oogling Selena Gomez and her friends. Usually these types of films focus on a bunch of dude’s trying to get laid, now had they really gone crazy with this and taken it in a different directing we may have been treated to something cool. Surprise, surprise, they didn’t and we weren’t.

The coolest aspect of this movie was seeing former WWE superstar, Double J, Jeff Jarrett as the Youth Pastor jacked on Jesus. How in the hell this phenomenally random casting came out, I have no idea, but I found it exceedingly amusing. Too bad that’s all in the first five minutes—after the all the GGW boobage clips on the beach. On the casting side, I have to wonder why in hell they even bothered with Selena Gomez (other than name recognition). Her monologues are terrible, and her “goodie two-shoes” character is so damn predictable and annoying it’ll make you want to puke. All she does is whine about getting out of her small town life for some adventure, but the second she finds some, all she can do is cry until she takes a bus home and leaves her three friends behind. Oddly enough, this may sound spoilerish, but it isn’t, as at this point, nothing’s happened. Of course, to say that much does actually happen in this film would be an overstatement.

SPRING BREAKERS comes from the demented mind of Harmony Korine (KIDS, GUMMO), so I expected it to be a little out there, but as much as I understand what he was getting at, suffice to say he doesn’t get there. The whole restaurant robbery is a miss for me. I liked this premise better when it was called POINT BREAK, and the fact that this flick also has the work “break” in the title makes me angry because POINT BREAK it is not. Far from it. James Franco’s Alien had potential, but even he got annoying because of the repetitive monologues, lines and scenes—saying the same thing over and over while showing the same scene five times, and adding the clicking sound of a lighter isn’t clever the first time, let alone several. And then there’s the ending…which is ridiculous, plain and simple. Skip this one unless you’re absolutely overtaken by a sense of morbid curiosity.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Writer/director Harmony Korine tries to make the film sound layered and smart, but as anyone who watches the film knows, it’s not.

Breaking It Down: Behind Spring Breakers: At least here, Korine admits to purposely creating repetitive/looping dialogue and scenes as a stylistic angle he wanted to explore. It sounds cool when he’s explaining it, too bad it didn’t transcend well to the screen.

Deleted Scene: Lol. I won’t spoil the minute long secret. You’ll have to watch it and experience it for yourself.

Outtakes: I thought the point of these was to be funny. This isn’t, it’s just seven minutes of the cast screwing around.

Harmony’s Ear Candy: A look at the music that inspired and was featured in the film. I did dig the tunes. Even Franco’s ramblings.

Vice Featurettes: An odd, in character, look at the craziness of spring break from the point of the view of the Vice Squad. If I could be a cop anywhere for a day, I would want to it be wherever spring break was happening. I’m sure it’d make for some hilarious stories.

Previews: There’s a handful of trailers, some TV Spots as well as a Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This movie felt like a total waste of time, money and energy. I love boobs and scantily clad chicks as much as the next guy, but for a feature film I need some substance in there too. Without it, I may as well be watching GIRLS GONE WILD.
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4:55AM on 08/05/2013

gonna have to disagree here, cause to me it's still one of the best films of the year.

It's a weird film for sure. But if you're a fan of Korine definitely give it a try, cause it's his best film to date. It also features arguably Franco's best perforfance yet and without giving too much away the "look at all my shit" and the Britney Spears piano scenes, will go down in history as twisted classic movie scenes I think. Still it's not a film for everyone and I can certainly see a lot of people hating this.
It's a weird film for sure. But if you're a fan of Korine definitely give it a try, cause it's his best film to date. It also features arguably Franco's best perforfance yet and without giving too much away the "look at all my shit" and the Britney Spears piano scenes, will go down in history as twisted classic movie scenes I think. Still it's not a film for everyone and I can certainly see a lot of people hating this.
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7:07PM on 08/16/2013

It's not for everyone.

This film is very different. It takes bold chances with it's storytelling and has a host of unlikeable characters. It's definitely not the tasteless porno this review makes it out to be, but it's not for everyone. To me, James Franco's performance alone makes the film, but the story itself is a terrifying and mesmerizing rollercoaster ride of a film, and anyone who compares it to Girls Gone Wild might want to take a second look. Though, on that note, the T&A in Spring Breakers is just as good
This film is very different. It takes bold chances with it's storytelling and has a host of unlikeable characters. It's definitely not the tasteless porno this review makes it out to be, but it's not for everyone. To me, James Franco's performance alone makes the film, but the story itself is a terrifying and mesmerizing rollercoaster ride of a film, and anyone who compares it to Girls Gone Wild might want to take a second look. Though, on that note, the T&A in Spring Breakers is just as good as the film itself.
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1:56PM on 08/05/2013

One of my favorites

Definitely one of the best films (in my opinion) of the year - I agree with several of the comments posted as to how it isn't for everyone and you just got to be a fan of Korine. He is a twisted soul himself, and the Look at My Shit scene and piano scene with Franco singing is classic. He did an amazing job and his best role to date. I honestly thought this was going to be something completely different. The score, the shots...all great work from the crew. 9/10
Definitely one of the best films (in my opinion) of the year - I agree with several of the comments posted as to how it isn't for everyone and you just got to be a fan of Korine. He is a twisted soul himself, and the Look at My Shit scene and piano scene with Franco singing is classic. He did an amazing job and his best role to date. I honestly thought this was going to be something completely different. The score, the shots...all great work from the crew. 9/10
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9:30AM on 08/05/2013
I thought this was great. There's a lot more to it than just bikinis and boobs, which is why it was good. It's weird and arguably a little pretentious, but that's part of why I loved it.
I thought this was great. There's a lot more to it than just bikinis and boobs, which is why it was good. It's weird and arguably a little pretentious, but that's part of why I loved it.
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3:15AM on 08/05/2013
What a stupid movie and waste of time. I really don't know how else to describe this movie.
What a stupid movie and waste of time. I really don't know how else to describe this movie.
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