Spring break the yearly ritual depicted in Spring Breakers, where college students travel to Florida or Mexico to indulge in a week of reckless drinking, sex and partying has a long tradition on screen dating back to 1960 in Where the Boys Are. The two films couldn’t be more different but one thing remains constant; spring break is where you will find the boys. In Spring Breakers four small town bored college girls go in search of adventure and end up encountering one very bad boy.

Unlike many of the films that deal with spring break, there is no dorky guy trying to lose his virginity, nerdy girl trying to win the heart of a jock or loser group of friends attempting to fit in with the cool crowd. Spring Breakers is about the darker side of what can happen when youth, drugs, and alcohol mix with the aimless and disconnected. In this case, Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), and Cotty (Rachel Korine). And, how the girls finance their trip sets the tone for the rest of the film.

Faith is the good girl of the group first seen at a church meeting and who serves as the conscience of the group. Once in Florida the friends ride around on scooters in their bikinis and join in the drinking and drugs mayhem of spring break. Of course, things take a wrong turn and this is when the coeds meet Alien (James Franco) a pot dealer who fancies himself a rapper and the movie takes off.   Continue reading »

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