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New Images From SPRING BREAKERS: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez In Bikinis
Now that I have your attention, this Spring Breakers movie will quite possibly totally suck.
Before I get into the speculation, let me tell you what I know (it won’t take long): new images from next year’s Harmony Korine flick, Spring Breakers, have hit the internet, once again from the good Russian folk over at Kinopoisk via The Playlist. We’ve been keeping an eye on this flick over at the Complex because the synopsis sounds tailor-made for us: four college co-eds rob a fast-food joint to finance their spring break trip, and after they get busted, a drug dealer (played by ol’ reliable James Franco) bails them out on the condition that they wipe out his competition. I’m all over that synopsis, just on its own.
The good news for all you sweaty, oily dudes out there is that in this batch of new pics, there are plenty of shots of the principals–Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Mrs. Rachel Korine–in their bathing suits. The bad news is, if this flick is anything like Harmony Korine’s other movies, you’re gonna feel more nauseated than aroused watching this movie.
Harmony Korine first made his name in cinema by scripting Larry Clark’s hugely overrated 1996 film Kids. To cineastes around the globe, Kids was a bold, daring look at the youth of today, an unflinching film that refused to water down the very graphic realities young people face everyday. Or chances are, if you were the same age as the kids depicted in the film, you were probably well aware of how much unprotected sex and stupid lingo you were participating in and not all that impressed that somebody managed to catch it on film. I remember being halfway interested in the movie when it came out, but mostly because the girl I was seeing at the time wanted to see it. The theater wouldn’t let us in because even though I had just turned 18, she had not. And so I missed the Bruce Lee film festival across town that night for nothing.
But that’s not why I’m so down on Korine (though that’s really reason enough, I’d say, objectively speaking). Gummo, in a word, is gross. Korine’s directorial debut from 1997 was (and largely still is) all the rage among my friends, because I hang out with a lot of weirdos. I finally watched Gummo a couple years after it came out, and call me a sentimental old fart, but I couldn’t get around how many cats must have died in the making of this awful, horrible film. I say “awful, horrible film” not necessarily as a dismissal of the film entire. Though I was repulsed by what I watched in my living room that morning, I honestly could not stop thinking about the movie for the next day and a half. Images and snatches of dialogue still get lodged in my brain to this day, and so my hat is off to you, Mr. Korine. If your goal was to truly shock me, a member of this unshockable generation of wise-guy smart-alecks, then mission well accomplished.
Aside from the current Mickey Mouse Club in its cast, Spring Breakers doesn’t really feel like a Harmony Korine movie, and maybe that’s good. Maybe he’ll manage to keep the transgressive level to a point where it would make my aunt uncomfortable, but not me. I’m good with that, I think. Anyways, I know you just wanna see these chicks in their bikinis, fellas. So have at it: