Let me start off with this: “Spring Breakers” has done something that no film has done before.
This is the first film I’ve ever seen where I can’t tell if it was horrible or strangely genius. It’s a film that is absurd moment after moment and then follows it up with beautiful shots and amazing cinematography.
“Spring Breakers” is the story of four college girls who are so bored and tired at the sight of their school that they rob a restaurant in order to pay for their spring break trip.
Where the film struggles is the fact that it may have one of the worst screenplays ever written. Every solid piece of dialogue is followed up with multiple examples of why the movie came out as bad as it did.
The script is full of pointless monologues and way too many weird moments that just don’t seem to work. However, this film is saved about 35 minutes in when James Franco finally shows up.
In the film, Franco is going full Nicolas Cage (I mean this in a positive way) and completely throws himself into this role. Franco plays a drug/arms dealer who’s at war with Gucci Mane (oh, did I mention Gucci Mane is in this movie?) for the St. Petersburg, Fla. drug market.
The girls meet Franco when they’re arrested and Franco’s character (Alien, because as he says he ain’t from this world) bails the girls out of jail to help with his crime syndicate because he was at the courthouse for some reason.
Franco’s interactions with the rest of the cast members are what makes this film weirdly great in the worst ways possible. For the rest of film, it’s just Franco speaking like a slightly more successful Kevin Federline, which for some reason the women in the film find attractive.
If you like bad movies, then Franco will deliver two of the greatest scenes you will ever see. One involves the amount of shorts he owns and another is a montage of people being murdered to a Britney Spears song.
I honestly can’t tell if the film’s extremely horrible moments are intentional or not, because if they are this film may be comedy gold, and if it’s not, then the film’s beautiful cinematography can’t make fun of everything else.
Unless you love bad movies and can get a big group together, I would not recommend seeing it in theaters, but I strongly recommend this strange enigma of a film once it comes out on DVD.