Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers
Theatrical release poster depicting four women in bikinis, with a man standing behind them.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarmony Korine
Produced by
  • Chris Hanley
  • Jordan Gertner
  • David Zander
  • Charles-Marie Anthonioz
Written byHarmony Korine
Music by
CinematographyBenoît Debie
Edited byDouglas Crise
Distributed byA24
Release date
  • September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04) (Venice)
  • March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22) (United States)[1]
Running time
93 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[3]
Budget$5 million[4]
Box office$31.7 million[5]

Spring Breakers is a 2012 American crime film written and directed by Harmony Korine and starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. Gomez, Hudgens, Benson, and Korine portray four college-aged girls on their spring break in Florida where they meet an eccentric local drug dealer (Franco) who helps them in a time of desperation, and their eventual descent into a world of drugs, crime, and violence.[6][7][8][9][10]

Writer/director Korine had devised the concept for Spring Breakers over several years prior to production, with fleeting ideas about the plot and what should transpire. His initial desire was to create a "sensory film" that was more about feeling than action and placed little importance on narrative or plot, the idea for which came later.[11] Once Korine developed the backbone of the story, which takes place around the American spring break period, he traveled to Florida to write the screenplay. Production began in 2012, on an estimated budget of $5 million, making it Korine's second most expensive film to date. The film is also one of Korine's first theatrical works to receive a wide release.[12]

Spring Breakers was released on March 22, 2013 in the United States by A24 and grossed $31 million worldwide, making it a resounding success considering the small budget. It received generally positive reviews from film critics, with some calling it a potential cult classic.[13][14][15][16] The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[17] Critics and scholars have read deeper meaning in the film's plot, commenting on its reflection of modern-day superficiality and the younger generation's self-destructive obsession with highly stylised, disposable pop culture media and sensory ephemera.[18] It ranks in BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. A sequel, under the name of Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, was announced in 2014 for an undated release.[19] Jonas Åkerlund was attached to direct with Irvine Welsh penning the script, without the involvement of Korine or the original cast.[20]

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  8. ^ Rothkopf, Joshua. "Spring Breakers". Time Out. Retrieved April 23, 2013. Spring Breakers is either an inspired satire of the youth movie or the most irresponsible comedy mainstream Hollywood will never make.
  9. ^ Roeper, Richard (March 20, 2013). "Spring Breakers Movie". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Gleiberman Owen (March 22, 2013). "Spring Breakers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "Spring Breakers: Harmony Korine and James Franco interview". SBS. May 3, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Kohn, Eric (2014). Harmony Korine: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1626743489.
  13. ^ Cite error: The named reference midnight was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  14. ^ "Spring Breakers: The newest cult classic". WEEKEND. IDS News. March 27, 2013. Archived from the original on September 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "Is Record Breaking 'Spring Breakers' A Cult Movie In The Making?". Contactmusic.com. March 18, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  16. ^ Sean O'Connell. "Spring Breakers Review". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  17. ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  18. ^ "Spring Breakers, a riotous take on modern America". The Guardian. March 30, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  19. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (May 6, 2014). "Wild Bunch unveils full Cannes 2014 slate". ScreenDaily. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  20. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (May 15, 2014). "James Franco Says 'Spring Breakers' Sequel Will Be "A Terrible Film" That Makes "Money Off Someone Else's Creativity"". Indiewire. The Playlist. Retrieved June 9, 2016.

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