Spring Breakers is Korine's ode to the American tradition of spring break in which hordes of awful young people head to beach resorts intent on causing as much damage as possible. And not throwing-up-on-a-bus-type drunken anarchy either, proper vile dear-God-I-hope-my-parents-never-find-out shenanigans. I was sceptical about how much trouble people get up to on these holidays until my friend told me about the time he spent spring break in Cancun and saw a girl volunteer to let a man piss on her for a half-empty bottle of tequila. Hi Andrew.
Anyway, back to the film. Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson play four college students bored out their minds and hungry for a bit of action in Florida and they're happy to rob a diner to fund it. Korine uses various techniques to elicit a woozy and almost dreamlike state as the girls mess about in corridors and sing Britney Spears songs badly but soon the visual style and purposely (I hope) mundane voiceover becomes repetitive and hopelessly boring. Perhaps it's a metaphor for the lives the girls are living but even so, I could feel my interest depleting rapidly and flashbacks to my terrible times watching Gummo and Trash Humpers began to fill my brain.
Drexl right now.
Despite a stuttering start Spring Breakers never outstays its welcome or becomes a preachy look at America's lost youth, so congratulations to Korine for making something entertaining for once. Oh, and there's tits. Lots and lots of tits.