Four college coeds find their Florida spring break taking an unexpectedly violent turn after falling in with a local gangster in this surreal black comedy from Harmony Korine (MISTER LONELY, TRASH HUMPERS). Left broke and alone on campus as their classmates head to Florida for some fun in the sun, coeds Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) steal a car, rob a local diner with plastic guns, and head south with their devoutly religious girlfriend Faith (Selena Gomez) in tow. But when the girls are thrown in jail following a police raid on a beachfront apartment, it looks like the party is over until wild-eyed drug dealer Alien (James Franco) inexplicably posts their bail. Sensing danger, Faith boards a bus bound for school as her three friends fall into a dangerous cycle of drugs and debauchery. Later, a scary run-in with Alien’s bitter rival prompts yet another of the girls to hightail it back to campus, leaving the remaining two to embrace their dangerous new lifestyle with reckless abandon.
“It’s rarely less than interesting visually or tonally, thanks in large part to Korine’s prurient sense of humor and the rich location textures and Crayola sweep provided by gifted cinematographer Benoit Debie…” (Los Angeles Times)
“Harmony Korine’s first ‘mainstream’ movie is by far the best thing he’s ever done.” — Grade: A- (Entertainment Weekly)
“[Mr. Korine] turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy.” (New York Times)
“SPRING BREAKERS, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco.” (Rolling Stone)
4 stars out of 5 — “A lurid, luminous teen-bender movie, as ludicrous as it is stylish, and Harmony Korine’s best film in years.” (Empire)
3.5 stars out of 4 — “A candy-colored fever dream is the most unforgettable movie of the year so far.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“This attractively fizzy pic may be a shock to the system for fans of teen queens Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.” (Variety)