Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers is a 2013 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]

Spring Breakers
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarmony Korine
Written byHarmony Korine
Produced by
  • Chris Hanley
  • Jordan Gertner
  • David Zander
  • Charles-Marie Anthonioz
CinematographyBenoît Debie
Edited byDouglas Crise
Music by
Distributed byA24
Release dates
  • 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]

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 stylized, disposable pop culture media and sensory ephemera.[18] It ranks in BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.

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