REVIEW: SPRING BREAKERS

 

CAST

James Franco (This Is the End)
Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch)
Ashley Benson (13 Going on 30)
Selena Gomez (Bad Neighbours 2)
Rachel Korine (Druid Peak)
Gucci Mane (The Spot)
Heather Morris (Fired Up!)
Jeff Jarrett (Head of State)

MV5BNDA0MDI4NDExMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzY4MTQyMw@@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_College students Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) spend their time partying while their friend Faith (Selena Gomez) 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 use hammers and realistic-looking squirt guns to rob a local restaurant. Cotty drives and later burns a getaway car stolen from one of their professors.
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MV5BMTQ4NjQwODc1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTI4MTQyMw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,663_AL_Back in the present, the three travel in a motorboat to Big Arch’s mansion. After docking at the pier, Alien is immediately shot and killed by one of Big Arch’s guards. Brit and Candy continue on, killing Big Arch’s gang before confronting and killing Big Arch himself. During the assault and its aftermath, the camera pans over the dead bodies of Big Arch’s gang while Faith speaks in a voice-over, first heard earlier in the film, describing the beach’s beauty and musing that they have discovered who they truly are. Brit and Candy drive home in Big Arch’s Lamborghini. A final flashback shows the pair kissing Alien’s dead body.MV5BMzBjMWQyZjQtOWFlZi00MDE5LTg5ZTctODQzNTJiNTdhMGEyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTc5MDI5NjE@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,739_AL_Pretty good film, Very seedy little world that these girls come across, but they are more than up for the challenge. If this sort of thing happens on a regular basis – then look out! Great performance from James Franco.