Spring Breakers [REPACK]
Spring Breakers is a 2012 American comedy crime film written and directed by Harmony Korine and starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine. Gomez, Hudgens, Benson and Korine portray four college-aged girls who go on spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida and meet an eccentric local drug dealer (Franco) who helps them in a time of desperation, and their eventual descent into a world of drugs, crime, and violence.
Korine had devised the concept over several years prior to production, with fleeting ideas about the plot and what should transpire. His initial desire was to create a "sensory film" that was more about feeling than action and placed little importance on narrative or plot, the idea for which came later. Once Korine developed the story's backbone, which takes place around the American spring break period, he traveled to Florida to write the screenplay. Production began in 2012, on an estimated budget of $5 million, making it Korine's second most expensive feature film to date. It is also one of Korine's first theatrical works to receive a wide release.
College students Brit, Candy, and Cotty often spend their time partying while their friend Faith attends a religious youth group. As their classmates head to spring break, they are stuck behind due to a lack of money. Desperate to make the trip, Brit and Candy, after getting high on cocaine, don ski masks and rob a local restaurant using hammers and realistic-looking squirt guns. They are assisted by Cotty, who drives (and later burns) the getaway car stolen from one of their professors. Cotty, Candy, and Brit divulge the details of their crime to a horrified Faith, who keeps quiet about it.
According to Harmony Korine, he wrote the film partially to make up for his own spring breaks, as he had been fully devoted to skateboarding, and therefore missed out on what he saw as opportunities for hedonistic pursuits. Korine has referred to the film as a "beach noir".
The film score to Spring Breakers was composed by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex, marking the first scoring assignment for the latter. Skrillex was contacted after Korine sent music supervisor Randall Poster links to the electronica artist's music on YouTube. "I'm accustomed to being the oldest person at a gig," said Poster, "but when I went to see Skrillex at Roseland this year, it was dramatic. There were a lot of kids that looked like they were 15 years old. But I loved it. I truly loved it." Magneto Dayo released the song "Spring Breakers", featuring Sage Odessa, which references the film and real life spring break experiences.
Spring Breakers has generated debate and controversy among critics, with some regarding the film as sexist due to its objectification of women, while others viewed the film as a feminist or female-empowerment film. In regard to the former perspective, The Guardian suggests that the film "reinforces rape culture" and "turns young women into sex objects," while other reviewers state that it "pushes booze-and-bikini hedonism to the extreme," as the "camera glides up, down, and around these women's bodies like a giant tongue". According to Rolling Stone, the film presents "a kind of girl-power camaraderie that could almost be called feminist," a result of the director's intent to "do the most radical work, but put it out in the most commercial way (...) to infiltrate the mainstream". In his review of the film, Richard Roeper wrote "Korine's camera is nearly an intrusive weapon as he lingers over the soft, limber bodies of Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and his wife, Rachel Korine.... I think that's sort of the point. When a pre-med student on spring break loses her top, drinks to the point of passing out, and grabs a willing lugnut by the ears for six hours of anonymous fun, is she setting the woman's movement back 40 years, or taking charge of her life like any man would do at that age?"
Parents need to know that even though former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are in Spring Breakers, it's absolutely not appropriate for teens. This is a hard-R film from controversial director Harmony Korine (Kids), and it explores the naivete of college students who expect spring break to be an otherworldy, life-changing experience. There's constant, overt sexuality (including three-way sex scenes and lots of toplessness), substance abuse (mostly marijuana and cocaine), swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and violence. People die from being shot and are injured with bullet wounds. Underage men and women are arrested and indulge in sexual acts with strangers they've just met. Bottom line? Every terrible thing that a parent could imagine happening during spring break is unflinchingly on display in this envelope-pushing satire of teen comedies.
College party girls Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine), and their straight-edge best friend Faith (Selena Gomez) are desperate to make it to Florida for spring break. When they realize they're low on funds, the wilder trio decides to rob a restaurant with ski masks and squirt guns. Now flush with cash, the girls head down to the sunny beaches of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the SPRING BREAKERS are letting loose with a seemingly never-ending supply of liquor, drugs, and promiscuity. During a particularly hedonistic room party toward the end of their trip, the girls -- now broke again -- get arrested and are subsequently bailed out by Alien (James Franco), a local drug gangsta with a gold grill and a serious adoration of Scarface. While he doesn't demand that the girls do anything specific in return for his help, Faith gets a bad feeling and flees, while the other girls stick around and delve even deeper into a world of crime and debauchery.
This movie's likely to make audiences ridiculously uncomfortable with its realistically graphic scenes of adolescent sex and substance abuse. Director Harmony Korine (Kids) can't seem to help but push buttons and cross boundaries. For adult viewers, the movie's salacious close ups of bouncing breasts and gyrating bikini bottoms, the repetitive scenes, and the general plotlessness make sense, because Spring Breakers is ultimately poking fun at the misguided nature of the spring break party scene and the college kids who think this that a week of booze, booty, and getting high is what they're meant to experience -- and what they deserve.
But teens -- who may well be drawn to the movie by the idea of Disney starlets doing their version of "Girls Gone Wild" (Gomez less shockingly than Hudgens, who's startlingly sexual as wicked Candy) -- won't necessarily understand the cliches that Korine is skewering. They'll be too distracted with the nonstop titillation (no matter how uncomfortable it is) to see the film for what it is -- a subversive treatise on the naivete and downright idiocy of this out-of-control rite of passage. The young actresses hold their own, but it's Franco who chews up the scenery with his hilarious minor kingpin who loves to shout "Look at my s--t!" and sing "Spring break, spring break, spring break forever!" Adults able to deal with the movie's carnal excess will be able to see its clever messages, but if an audience just wants to see breasts and beer and coke-snorting, then they've proved Korine's point.
What alternatives are there to the "booze and booty"-filled spring break scene? Talk about some guidelines for high school and college spring break trips -- and real-life cases of spring breaks going terribly wrong.
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 17: People eat at a restaurant along Ocean Drive on March 17, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all Florida restaurants statewide to reduce their capacity by 50 percent, and all bars and clubs to close for 30 days starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Miami Beach, which is in the middle of spring break, extended the closure order until 11pm tonight as business owners prepare to comply with the new orders as the country battles COVID-19. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle/Getty Images
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 18: People gather on Clearwater Beach during spring break despite world health officials' warnings to avoid large groups on March 18, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
The new study out of Ball State and Vanderbilt used GPS smartphone data to track the movement of a sample of more than 7 million U.S. college students to investigate the impact of spring break travel on the spread of COVID-19.
Using the data, they were able to pinpoint which cell signals seemed to go \"home\" to college campuses. They then tracked changes in their location during time periods known to correlate with their respective university-sanctioned spring breaks, to evaluate where students traveled and how they got there.
In the weeks following spring break, many colleges saw a rise in the number of students testing positive for the novel coronavirus. In many of these schools, the annual spring break between the end of February and early March was found to roughly precede the cancellation of classes due to the coronavirus that rolled across the country beginning in late March.
While young adults tend not to be severely affected by the novel coronavirus, experts say they may have spread the virus to other people when they returned from break, with the influx of potentially infected spring break travelers leading to an uptick in coronavirus cases in communities surrounding campus.
\"During this past spring, another alarming observation was that not all college students were following public health recommendations,\" said Dr. Alok Patel, Columbia University pediatrician and ABC News medical contributor. \"There were numerous reports of large parties, spring breakers not physically distancing, and many not wearing masks.\" 041b061a72