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Harmony Korine, 2012
Spring Breakers arrives wearing the whiff of cheap scandal yet contains little sex and, until its climax, little violence. Harmony Korine, who shocked in 1995 as the writer of the amoral Kids, looks to repeat the trick by casting ex-Disneyettes Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez in a bikini-clad girl gang that during a boozy, druggy Florida jaunt comes under the thrall of Alien (a wildly OTT James Franco done up in gold teeth and cornrows like a gangsta Bo Derek). It’s pretty vacuous but lurid pop video aesthetics and a banging EDM soundtrack give it the infectiously woozy appeal of a Day-Glo daydream.
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