The day has finally come. Today SPRING BREAKERS gets unleashed to the general public in Austin and thousands of moviegoers will never be the same. This is not a hyperbolic declaration. It's the truth.
We at the Alamo love this crazy, brilliant, criminally entertaining film so much that it was a no-brainer to launch our Drafthouse Recommends series with it. The goal of the series is to recognize and champion independent first-run titles that deserve to attract as large an audience as possible. SPRING BREAKERS fits this criteria perfectly.
Harmony Korine, who penned KIDS and directed GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY and TRASH HUMPERS, is one of the most interesting American filmmakers working today. SPRING BREAKERS is easily his best, most fully realized and boldly indefinable film to date. Mixing elements of a scathing social satire on the modern youth culture, a crime film, drama and parody Korine allows his film to be a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.
His films shed a rare light on America’s dysfunctional, nihilistic, and sociopathic population. His work is difficult to digest and even harder to ignore. SPRING BREAKERS feels decidedly different than anything the filmmaker has ever done.
Today the adjective "original" gets thrown around when describing movies, so it's nice to actually see a completely original vision on full display in SPRING BREAKERS.
The now infamous casting choice of hiring Disney teen queens Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens proves itself to be brilliant. And James Franco's truly unforgettable turn as a St. Petersburg gansta is mesmerizing in the most unconventional way.
The film's story follows four college girls who want to get away from their empty dorm during spring break. The problem is they have no money. After robbing a restaurant the girls go off to hit the beach and live the spring break of their dreams.
There the cops bust them, but luckily a local gangster, Alien (James Franco), is there to bail ‘em out and make the girls part of his entourage.
Korine uses the colorful backdrop of spring break to juxtapose the ugliness lying underneath it all. His film boldly marries entertainment, art, social commentary and stylized action. The result is crazy, original, toxic, and mind blowing. (R.J. LaForce)
Here's what critics are saying about SPRING BREAKERS:
"A savage social commentary that skitters from one idea to another — white faces, black masks, celebrity, the American dream, the limits of self-interest, the search for an authentic self." -Mahola Dargis, The New York Times
"Spring Breakers seems to be holding a funhouse mirror up to the face of youth-driven pop culture, leaving us uncertain whether to laugh, recoil in horror, or marvel at its strange beauty. All I knew is I couldn't wait to see it a second time." -Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
"Spring Breakers is either an inspired satire of the youth movie or the most irresponsible comedy mainstream Hollywood will never make. The bros in your crowd will call it rad—and radical it is." -Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
SPRING BREAKERS opens tonight for shows at 10pm and later in 4K at Lake Creek and Slaughter Lane and in 35mm at the Ritz. Get your tickets NOW!!
And at the Ritz and Slaughter enjoy one of the most appropriate drink specials we've ever come up with: