Four chilhood friends land in jail after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring break vacation. They are bailed out by a rapper who promises to provide all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. But how far are they willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget?
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Never in the history of cinema has there been a sellout on the scale of this film. From 'Trash Humpers' to T & A. Almost inconceivable. I had to see it. Big, flashy bright colors. And then there's the king of trash, Mr. Franco. Wow.
This is so much part of our culture. Maybe we need a 4th wave of feminism. What happened to us? Drinking boose from a beer bong resembles force feeding. The first part of the movie is so well shot. The beach parties show how it all is much more like wanting to be in a videoclip, wanting to be part of, than some sort of bacchanal release. The false sense of empowerment is clear in the development of the plot. *
Cynically, Korine makes us think his film is a self-indulgent fluorescent satire on hedonistic American youth. That's surface. For a while, hating their idiocy and lifestyles made me feel comfortable, but then, in a glimpse, I realised something liberator, something sweet but also very dark beneath the whole post-Disney Star in bikinis thing. There, I loved it. And damn: that double-gun blowjob! One-plus-star for it.
THIS IS THE FUCKIN' AMERICAN DREAM. THIS IS MY FUCKIN' DREAM, Y'ALL. ALL THIS SHIIIT, LOOK AT MY SHIIIIIT. I GOT SHORTS, EVERY FUCKIN' COLOR. I GOT DESIGNER T-SHIRTS. I GOT GOLD BULLETS, MOTHERFUCKIN' VAM-PIRES. I GOT SCARFACE, ON REPEAT. SCARFACE ON REPEAT. CONSTANT, Y'ALL!!!
así que todo el ánimo subversivo de korine se reduce a un anhelo, bastante imbécil, de un "spring break forever"... todo su poder corrosivo se reduce a dos tres bromas cínicas y excesos de sexo que acaban en "hardcore" sin lo "hard". los únicos excesos que logran brincar el cerco de la censura acaban en ridículas e inofensivas estratagemas formales: más color y más volumen
"You're gonna need to pray super hardcore!" I L O V E D it! When they played 'Everytime' I pissed my pants with laughter. I shit you not. Lovely to have been able to have seen this on a packed movie theatre; awesome collective experience. Noé's DP did awesome work on this. And that score? Skrillex FTW. I adored it. Korine retrospective right about N o w...?
Korine is critical much the way that Verhoeven is. There ought to be no mistaking his virulent anti-capitalism, but he's not about to deny that the nice things it buys aren't pretty. Indeed, much of the film is gorgeous--if garish--to behold, but the repetition of shapes and palettes slowly strips the once-spirited images of their vitality. Spring Break is "forever" because it decays what is human and alive in time.
What's remarkable about Korine is his ability to accept his own hypocrisy. Unlike the well-meaning Steven Spielberg, for example, he accepts the appealing element of violence and promiscuity while never becoming too indulgent and forgetting his ultimate nightmare vision: one of Americana run amok and fallen women finding catharsis in apathetic violence.