VIDEO: Spring Breakers (2013) Video Review

Following Dr. O’Boogie’s text review, Mr. Mendo brings you a more in-depth look at Spring Breakers! Find out for yourself just how screwed up Harmony Korine’s most financially successful film to date actually was! (Seriously, this film earned six times its budget worldwide…)

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Well, this one took forever to make…

    • Muthsarah

      Well clearly, you put a lot of work into it. Nice job.

      You say the movie’s effed-up. And not in the good way. But is it an interesting kind of bad, or just a pathetic kind of bad? The movie seems to place a very strong focus on its visuals, does it at least look nice?

      • MichaelANovelli

        It would if the damn camera would stay still for five seconds. And it really is edited like that…

  • John Wilson

    This is basically the movie in a music video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCt4V_0IUfM

    I think most people like it because they think it artsy. Don’t really know why.

    They act like it was a big good girl gone bad while Selena Gomez barley even cusses. And why Skrillex doing this and not Disney movies. Listen to this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7DEAdd-VSk

    Its perfect for a Disney movie.

    Nice review:).

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, Skrillex did the score for Wreck-It Ralph, ya know…

  • MephLord

    Mendo I can clearly tell you are a bachelor. Like me, your bed is a mess and your racking is full of disorganized shit. This video tells me I need to be a better housekeeper. And Jeff Jarret wishes he was Chris Jericho in the charisma department.

    • MichaelANovelli

      It may look disorganized, but everything is where I need it to be. Besides, I did a little housekeeping after this video was shot. Also, Chris Jericho may have more charisma, but he also has all the Lite-Brites. Which he stole. QED.

      ^_^

  • FullofQuestions1

    They saved up all year for the goddamn spring break trip? They didn’t have any other financial responsibilities in, you know, COLLEGE? Sorry, this really bothers me!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Gotta love trust fund babies! Or, Trustafundians, in this case…

    • danbreunig

      I feel for you. I’ve naturally automatically hated spring break shows and movies because they show the implausible: college students with vacation money! Been through the college route, and except for a class in England, my vacations were maybe one state over at best. This may be a dumb question for me, Questions, but you speak Russian, right? I just want to know what Mendo’s thought of the day was at the end.

      • FullofQuestions1

        Well, to be fair, I’m putting something aside for Magfest, but right now, my priority is books.
        🙁 🙁

        It says “I love Yulia.”

        • MichaelANovelli

          And by “books” she means “reefer” and lots of it!

          • FullofQuestions1

            You wish. But if that were the case, I wouldn’t share!

          • MichaelANovelli

            Yeah, you would.

          • FullofQuestions1

            Well, I AM getting all the drugs tomorrow. Granted, it’s because I’m getting my wisdom teeth out, so I’m not sure if it’s worth it or not.

          • MichaelANovelli

            I’ve had that operation a couple times. Hope you get some valium, like I did…

          • Sol

            It’s not worth it.

        • danbreunig

          1-Enjoy the Fest when it comes! I know for sure I won’t make any Fests or Cons this year… 🙁
          2-Many colleges are really just more expensive high schools after high school–take our word for it (me, Muthsarah, Joel Hodjson…)
          3-Thanks for interpreting. And who doesn’t? 😉

          • MichaelANovelli

            Yes, MAGFest is quite wonderful!

    • Muthsarah

      Speaking as someone who’s been through college, there are TONS of people like this. Even if the college in question isn’t a famous “party school”, many of the 18-22 year olds there would absolutely treat it that way, and not give one or more $#!+s about anything else. They’re basically (if not literally) teenagers, they’re functionally independent (except for their folks paying the bills once every three months), they have minimal supervision, some sort of allowance or something, and they’re surrounded by at least one person who’s more irresponsible than they are. I’m not saying everyone’s gonna act this way, but a good many of them absolutely will.

      • MichaelANovelli

        And they are just oh so charming…

  • danbreunig

    I wrote in the forum for Doc Winston’s recap about how much Spring Breakers seems to me too much like another Doom Generation–and Mendo, watching your vid just reinforces that notion with me. And I completely forgot about Kids, and how that movie has the same problem: all three cases have a film where we just can’t tell whatever the message or point or moral is, even though the directors are trying their most to establish one. Even back in the days of AB’s written recaps I pictured the perfect “in a nutshell” line for TDG: “So how do you make your indie film’s essence present itself at its best? Why not add some religious figure rape and garden shears castration?” Just switch those out with gunning thugs both deserving and not, and you’ve got Spring Breakers.

    Who thinks pink ski masks are cool? Dumb Donald.

    Thanks for the Heart Of Darkness reference! I thought I’d never hear anyone compare that story to another movie again outside of just Apocalypse Now.

    So–what’s the word on the stolen Lite-Brites? Does Chris Jericho still have them?

    • MichaelANovelli

      Near as I can tell. The WWE won’t return my calls…

  • James Elfers

    Thanks for the fun review. The casual racism of this film is really hard to understand in 21st century America. I also love how the brunette is the only sensible one in this mess. Lets see Blonde = Dumb and sexually sleazy. Check. Brunette = Smart and sexually pure. Check Religious scene that is thrown is a short cut to actual philosophy and morals. Check. White Rappers as the epitome of cool. Check. Black Rappers as the epitome of evil. Check.
    Its like this movie was assembled by world’s most shallow thinking red neck

    • MichaelANovelli

      Harmony Korine is such an inarticulate person that it’s hard to tell what he’s thinking when he makes his films. I’m amazed he can write, to be honest…

    • Sergeant343

      Personally I saw Franco’s character as a someone who is lame and is trying way to hard to be cool, when he really is not, think of the stereotypical people on MTV’s Cribs. There is also religious imagery in this film, one shot in particularly is after Rachael Korine gets shot and you see a two story building with them at the bottom in the red(as subtle as a brick to the face) and in some new age religions alien is representative of the devil. So the religious scene at the beginning serves a purpose thematically and is not just thrown in. I was also more sympathetic to Gucci’s character if anything and the white girls were more evil than Gucci, so why not say all white girls are the epitome of evil? What you are saying is like saying Dead man down(a film I do not like) is racist since the main villain is a black gang member and our hero a white man wants to kill him.

      • James Elfers

        I understand what you are trying to say. My comment on the casual racism of the movie was meant more to cover the scene where the girls gun down random black people. There are no real positive black characters in the film but it is apparently A OK to use them for cannon fodder. I think we can both agree however that the religious symbolism in this movie is really poorly executed.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Most of the symbolism is poorly executed…

          • Sergeant343

            There are really no positive white characters either and I guess I am in the minority. Agree to disagree.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Indeed! Though, can we agree that the film was too precious for its own good?

  • Jackie

    I saw this movie recently. I hated it though, i didn’t like how dark it got cause i didn’t care about the characters and i really like James Franco, but Korine made him ungodly annoying.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, really don’t know what he was ultimately going for…

      • Jackie

        I had to pause the movie for hours. I watched the rest of it the next day and i realized this movie is more or less The Doom Generation. Same use of colors, same swear-filled lines, same horrible characters and same darkness.

        • MichaelANovelli

          I keep hearing that. So, do you think it’s bad darkness, or that all darkness is bad? Just curious…

          • Jackie

            The former. There are movies where i don’t mind the darkness (Requiem For A Dream, Schindler’s List) but some movies are so miserable that i end up being apathetic to it all (Seven Pounds for one).

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, I would call Requiem and Schindler’s List “heavy” as opposed to “dark,” but I see your point.

  • Alexa

    While I would say shaky cam ruins everything, but even without it, this movie still would have sucked.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, the script was pretty weak…

  • John Wilson

    Why did this get a pass while Sucker Punch got the short end of the stick?

    • MichaelANovelli

      The director of Sucker Punch isn’t an associate of Werner Herzog and Lars von Trier…

      • John Wilson

        Good point. This movie almost the anti Pain and Gain. In Pain the characters have consequences for their actions. In this they don’t.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, being based on a true story, Pain and Gain has, at least, a tenuous connection to reality.

          • John Wilson

            Plus pain and gain was subtle. Yes a Micheal Bay film was subtle:).

          • MichaelANovelli

            And it made about as much as Spring Breakers, despite not being released outside of the U.S.

          • RandomBritishGuy

            First time commenter, but I just wanted to stick in my tuppence’s worth here – Pain and Gain is actually being released here in the UK this month. Joy of joys. And I wanted to go see Spring Breakers, but it wasn’t showing at my local cinema.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, well, well… All’s well that ends well, I guess. ^_^

      • Sol

        Ah, so if you make comic book movies, an ambitious failed project is crap… and if you make “Trash Humpers,” your “Grls Gone Wild” movie should be taken seriously because you have art-house director friends.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Basically. It’s hard to argue with Dogme ’95, you know…

  • Cameron Vale

    There was some commenter on Dr. Winston’s earlier thing linking to another thing arguing that Spring Breakers was an abstract retelling of Dante’s Inferno, which I suppose makes sense; the gun fellating does look like something out of Bosch. Before that, I was thinking more along the lines of ‘Thirteen, but sleazier.’

    • MichaelANovelli

      I didn’t see it, myself…

    • Jackie

      And Only God Forgives was a retelling of 1984!

  • gasmaskangel

    I have absolutely no desire to see this movie, and following your analysis I want to see it even less. Maybe its just that I’m getting older, but I in no way want to watch two hours of unlikable people and mindless repetition that is supposed to tell me how I’m fucked up somehow or whatever the hell this film’s message is, much less pay for the privilege.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Having to spend that time with college kids doesn’t help, either…

  • MichaelANovelli

    If anyone else wants to get in on the Chris Jericho bashing fun, I made you a meme! http://i.imgur.com/EY8PIgd.jpg

    • danbreunig

      You made this, huh? Sweet.

      Fuck I’m gonna do about it? How about I name your pic Steroid Sting?

      • MichaelANovelli

        Well, share it with a couple hundred friends, first…

  • kennzeichen1d

    So, you do not want to be mean.
    That is really nice and noble of you,
    but …
    Personally, in the last couple of years that I have seen
    more and more of the immoral, mean-spirited, ugly and truly fucked-up
    side of mankind (thank you so much, internet),
    I have come to the conclusion that it is occasionally
    rather appropriate to
    be mean.
    Especially in this case.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I don’t mean to be mean, but that’s all I can be is just me, and I am…whatever you say I am! LOL

  • Jackie

    “This is like if David Lynch made With Hobo with a Shotgun”

    …Actually i think that’d be better than this trash.