Spring Breakers | Chicago Reader

Spring Breakers

Indie veteran Harmony Korine learns a valuable lesson: why hang around with disconsolate small-town weirdos (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy) when you can film young women shaking their bare breasts? This lively exploitation flick (2012) follows four college cuties (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, the filmmaker's wife) as they pull off a masked hold-up of a diner and, cash in hand, go roaring off to Florida for the title bacchanal; upon their arrival they get mixed up with drug dealer James Franco (wearing cornrows and grills and channeling Eric Roberts). Korine gestures toward social criticism, but essentially this is just an hour and a half of bongs, beers, tits, and ass, thinly dressed as Natural Born Killers.



  • Harmony Korine


  • James Franco
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Selena Gomez
  • Ashley Benson
  • Rachel Korine
  • Heather Morris
  • Emma Holzer
  • Gucci Mane
  • Ash Lendzion


  • Charles-Marie Anthonioz
  • Jordan Gertner
  • Chris Hanley
  • David Zander
  • Vikram Chatwal
  • Chris Contogouris
  • Megan Ellison
  • Ted Field

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