Spring break is a tradition that never really took off in the UK, probably because, as the past month has gone out of its way to prove, spring in Britain often just means a few extra weeks of winter. But in the US they take the idea very seriously indeed – a long weekend of intense partying, drinking, shagging around and generally being obnoxious and offensive in a way that only the young and off-the-leash can be. Leave it to the US indie scene’s unwanted stepchild, ‘Gummo’ director Harmony Korine, to sum up both the allure and the horror of the wild weekend with his new film ‘Spring Breakers’, in which a quartet of girls (played by Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, among others) team up with a crazed, silver-toothed gangster (James Franco, pushing the boundaries) to fund their vacation by flogging guns and drugs. The film’s huge Stateside success seems to have given the prodigiously talented but notoriously difficult Korine a major career boost: he’s already hard at work on his next movie, an as-yet-untitled drama about a family of Southern criminals. We cannot wait.
Take a look at the ‘Spring Breakers’ trailer above, or read Dave Calhoun’s ‘Spring Breakers’ review.