Harmony Korine (The Beach Bum, Gummo) is a director very familiar with youthful rebellion, and his 2012 neon-white trash epic Spring Breakers is a prime example. Our heroes are four girls (played by the fearless foursome of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who rob a restaurant in order to fund their spring break trip to Florida. Once there, they hook up with a rapper and gangster named Alien (James Franco). Korine has said he was trying to make a film with a liquid narrative, similar to the looping effects of dance music. This trippy, funny, astounding film definitely achieves something akin to that. It is a visual feast.
“A lurid, luminous teen-bender movie” — Empire