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“Spring Breakers”: The Wonderful Porn of Disney?

March 18, 2013

If anyone still doubts that the line between porn and mainstream entertainment has disappeared after last Sunday’s episode of Girls, consider this: On Friday—the same day that James Franco played the titular wizard in the nation’s No. 1 movie, Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Selena Gomez reprised her role in the Disney Channel’s latest Wizards of Waverly Place kid-pic—the duo also headlined Spring Breakers, dubbed “one of the perviest movies ever made” by New York Magazine. Their costars include Vanessa Hudgens, a graduate of Disney’s squeaky-clean High School Musical franchise and Ashley Benson from another Disney property, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

They all commit sins much more heinous than lying. But Spring Breakers‘ greatest sin? As the dissatisfied customer behind me at the Times Square theater where I saw it grumbled over the closing credits, “That sh– was boring!” (Still, it averaged a whopping $80,000 per screen at the three theaters where it’s currently playing.)

Gomez plays Faith (symbolism alert!), a Christian college student who falls in with the wrong crowd—three interchangeable skanks played by Hudgens, Benson and Rachel Korine—writer-director Harmony Korine’s real-life wife and the only one of the lead actresses to do full-on nudity. (How pervy is that?) There are plenty of other anonymous bouncing breasts and buttocks but very little male nudity, although Franco—who appears to be acting in another, much funnier movie as a dreadlocked, grill-flashing self-styled gangsta named Alien—performs fellatio on a pair of pistols. (This seems to be a recurring motif in Franco’s career.)

If only the rest of the cast were in on Franco’s joke. They play it straight as the girls go wild on a crime spree; it’s like Bonnie & Clyde for (and with) Dummies. Korine, who cut his provoca-teeth on the similarly shallow shocks of Larry Clark’s Kids, shows some visual verve and makes good use of Drive vet Cliff Martinez’s pulsating soundtrack. So the production values are better than porn, but the acting (aside from Franco) and dialogue (“all this money makes my p—y wet!”) are sub-amateurish. It’s enough to make Walt Disney roll over in his cryogenically preserved chamber.

Will you take a trip to see Spring Breakers? Post a comment!

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4 Comments
  1. Christina Gorman permalink

    Cute review. Good morning. Matt wants to know if you can bring the Girls finale… On DVD. xoxoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

    • bruceafretts permalink

      Good morning–I haven’t gotten it in the mail yet, but if it shows up today or tomorrow, I’ll bring it. But it was really bad (in a boring/predictable/conventional), not a shocking way.

  2. Great stuff, awesome site, I am definitely following. I recently started my own film blog and I would love for you to check it out. Hopefully you’ll like what you see.

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