On the heels of footage of an allegedly tipsy Selena Gomez making the rounds at the Golden Globes after-parties comes a look at the former Disney star’s first mature-with-a-capital-“M” acting role. Monte Carlo may have featured Blair Waldorf and that dude from Glee, but it proved that without the convoluted hijinks their television writers can provide them with, they’re all bit… dull. But there’s still hope for Selenita, who has the making of a triple threat and the gossip factor to leave fans wanting more.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting Spring Breakers since casting was announced and racy photographs hit the web over the summer. It’s since made festival rounds and generated buzz based on its director, Harmony Korine, who rose to fame after writing the screenplay for 1995’s Kids at only 22. It was a film praised for its honest, graphic depiction of teenage life, and helped launch the careers on then-unknown actors like Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny. Eighteen years later, Korine’s latest directorial effort takes a similar approach, by hiring a group of bubbling performers on the rise (and Gucci Mane) who have strong ties to PG (or PG-13 at best) entertainment; Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens did their time on the House of Mouse, while Ashely Benson stars on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and used to hang with Justin Bieber‘s crew.
The story is a dark and unexpected take on the garbage teen dramas and popular girls spew about the mythical powers taking body shots from strangers on the beaches of Central Florida can have on a person’s life. Four female friends aren’t enthused by the idea of staying on campus during spring break, so they decide to steal money from perfect strangers to front their vacation fund. Wannabe musician James Franco says “y’all” about one thousand times (in cornrows) and reminds us that “bikinis and big booties” sum up the meaning of life, while Gucci makes an unexpected entrance as a surly gentleman who threatens the lives of these reckless party girls. As if the presence of the rapper–whose only other acting credit was in Confessions of a Thug, a “hip-hop musical”–wasn’t enough, this group of scantily clad female thieves likes to sing Britney Spears songs while drinking out of paper bags. This movie can’t come soon enough.
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