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''Spring Breakers'' is a 2013 [[GenreBusting comedy-drama-arthouse-crime-exploitation film]] by Creator/HarmonyKorine, starring notable [[TeenIdol teen idols]] Music/SelenaGomez, Music/VanessaHudgens, Creator/AshleyBenson and Creator/JamesFranco.

The film revolves around four college students looking to split campus for Spring Break, but there's a snag in their plan: they don't have nearly enough cash to cover the trip. As a means of covering the costs, they do what anybody else in their situation ''obviously'' would, [[TheCaper and that's to rob a fast food place for quick money.]] Once they have enough to go, they enjoy all the [[DrugsAreBad typical]] [[ReallyGetsAround activities]] of a Spring Break tripů [[{{Prison}} until they end up in jail.]] As if their trip couldn't go any more worse, they're inexplicably bailed out by a drug-dealing, wannabe rapper. And somehow, [[FromBadToWorse it goes even more downhill from there.]]

Naturally, the film has gained a lot of controversy due to its mature subject matter, and ''especially'' because it stars former {{Creator/Disney}} idol Selena Gomez in her first [[SheIsAllGrownUp "adult"]] film role (and Vanessa Hudgens too, for that matter, though we all knew she wasn't ''quite'' so innocent after ''Film/SuckerPunch'', or that [[NeverLiveItDown nude photo scandalů]]).

Despite the notoriety the film amassed for itself, it averaged a sum of $87,667 in just ''three'' theaters during its first weekend in limited release, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity and made back its $2 million dollar budget worldwide.]] Plus, the critics actually like it, too. AndYouThoughtItWouldFail?
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AmbiguousDisorder: While Alien is an established rapper in-universe, it's strongly hinted that he has a learning disability and possibly might be a bit touched as well - he repeats himself ''constantly'' and we later see that his ''entire internal monologue'' takes the form of a repetitive rap poem that begins to sound like a VerbalTic after a while. The man clearly has problems.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Alien and Big Arch, to a certain degree.]]
* AllWomenAreLustful: Except Faith.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Candy and Brit]] come across as such in the latter half of the movie, considering they have the guts to [[spoiler:stick loaded guns in the mouth of a gangster who was seducing them, and casually discuss offing him and taking his stuff]]. Even in the first half of the movie, their go-to plan for getting money - robbing a local restaurant and threatening to kill the people inside - screams that they are not stable, and Faith's church-buddies warn her that they are evil.
* BastardGirlfriend: Alien gets lucky with two hot young blondes... good for him, right? Well, [[spoiler:they put loaded guns in his mouth, further humiliating him by having a cheerful little discussion with each other over his head... this discussion being about whether or not they should just kill him and take all his stuff. [[StockholmSyndrome His reaction is to fall in love with them]]. (Or [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation pretend to]] - but he never tries to take revenge.)]]
* BattleHarem: Alien has Candy, and Brit.
* BiTheWay: Candy and Brit, presumably. Of course, it could be closer to AnythingThatMoves.
* BottomlessMagazines: Played with. There was a reloading sound after Candy and Brit shot the gangster who killed Alien, even as no reloading motion accompanied it. To keep costs down, several "pop guns", or low-pressure blank-only guns intended for special effects, are used in the movie; their magazines are theoretically capable of keeping up with that many shots during the RoaringRampageOfRevenge though.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Sweet, sweet [[TheCutie Faith]] is just not cut out for the misadventures the girls get up to.
** Cotty suffers this as well, after [[spoiler: getting shot in the arm.]]
* TheCameo: Wrestling/JeffJarrett briefly appears as the pastor of a bible group Faith goes to.
* ChekhovsSkill: Robbing a fast food restaurant with water guns at the beginning? Comes in handy for Brit, Cotty, and Candy later... [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl with ''real'' guns.]]]]
* ContrastMontage: Much of both the film's humour and drama comes from juxtaposing naive idealism with cynical debauchery and, ultimately, bloody violence. In between drug fueled parties and violent crimes, the protagonists are seen watching ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and singing Music/BritneySpears songs. On a similar note, the bloody climactic scene features two characters wearing pink balaclavas with unicorns emblazoned on them.
* CreepyTwins.
* DarkReprise: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" by Music/{{Skrillex}} plays during the beach party in the opening scene. A more melancholy arrangement of that same song plays over the film's climax, which is decidedly less carefree.
* DecoyProtagonist: Half of the movie focuses on the development of Faith, but after she literally gets PutOnTheBus, the perspective changes to Alien's.
* DespairEventHorizon: The reason as to why some characters were literally PutOnTheBus. [[spoiler:Faith's comes after being bailed out by Alien and ''not'' feeling comfortable in his presence, while Cotty getting shot is the kick in the ass she needs to leave.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Alien]], who dies in the most abrupt manner in the movie.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: From a very perverse perspective. [[spoiler:Faith and Cotty become disillusioned and cynical after their experiences, and end up going home. The other two, however, stay on and end up rich after a successful killing spree. For them, the dream of "spring break forever" has come true.]]
* {{Expy}}: Alien is supposed to be one of [[http://www.tampabay.com/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/02/flo_Dangeruss_030313_10311710_8col.jpg Dangeruss]], according to WordOfGod, though most people assume he's an Jerkass-ey expy of Riff Raff.
* FanDisservice: While there are plenty of shirtless extras ([[NippleAndDimed of both genders]]), it never feels quite ''right'', what with the excessive slow-motion JigglePhysics and unflattering camera angles. Also, the only time we get to see Cotty's breasts is when [[spoiler:she's having a ShowerOfAngst and covered in blood, having just been shot in the arm a few hours prior.]]
** Also, despite all the advance publicity, [[spoiler: Selena Gomez's character never gets naked nor partakes in any of the film's sex scenes.]]
* FanService: On the other hand, the girls only wear their bikinis once they reach Florida [[spoiler:unless they decide to be PutOnTheBus]] and Alien is almost always seen without his shirt...
* UsefulNotes/{{Florida}}: St. Petersburg, specifically. The film was, along with 2014's ''Film/SexEd'', part of a wave of movies filmed in the area during a period in which the Tampa and St. Petersburg municipal governments were providing heavy incentives to draw in the film industry.
* {{Foil}}: The two [[PowerTrio Power Trios]] - Alien, Brit and Candy vs. Big Archie and his two unnamed companions. Alien seems to genuinely love ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or at least put in the effort to pretend to love]]) his two female friends, caring for them and helping them, while their ThreeWaySex is passionate and engaging for all involved. Big Archie, by contrast, treats his companions like sexual objects and doesn't even bother to pay attention to them. [[spoiler: The contrast is highlighted in the final shootout, when Archie's girls are busy feeling each other up in the shower while Brit and Candy rush in and kill Archie.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** An interesting auditory example. The movie is broken into roughly four segments, and the transition between each is a specific event that has a distinctive sound. The sound is worked into the edits and shot changes in the scenes leading up to their events. Specifically, [[spoiler: sounds of crashing and hammering leads up to the fast food robbery which heralds going to Florida, sounds of the jail cell door leads up to the arrest which moves from typical spring break to weird spring break, and sounds of gun fire leads up to Cotty being shot.]]
** When the girls try to build up their courage prior to the Chicken Shack robbery, one of them says "Just pretend it's a video game." [[spoiler: The final shootout itself is very video game-like in its structure.]]
** The girls' reenactment of the bank robbery in the parking lot shows that the lot of them are a little ''too'' dedicated to abusing Faith, who plays the role of one of the Chicken Shack customers. [[spoiler: This helps show us how easily the three girls slip into Alien's violent power fantasies]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Faith (Melancholic), Candy (Choleric), Cotty (Phlegmatic) and Brit (Sanguine).
* GenderBlenderName: Many people not familiar with Harmony Korine's work were surprised to find out that he's actually a man.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Brit and Candy.
** To be fair, they DID seem to be [[LesYay pretty into one another]] prior to their encounter...
** There's a number of lesbian make out scenes during the spring break party too.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Cotty, especially.
* HiddenDepths: Alien playing Everytime by Britney Spears flawlessly on the piano shows us that he likely had formal training at some point [[spoiler:though he could have just learned the song to impress girls like the gang]] or because he legitimately loves the song, considering the sincerity of his tone when he talks about how much the song means to him.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: All the mooks in [[spoiler:Big Arch's gang compound.]] This is notable since all of them couldn't hit [[spoiler:two slow walking girls wearing nothing but bikinis and ski masks.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: A very egregious example since [[spoiler:Brit and Candy killed everyone on the gang compound using sub-machine guns held with one hand]], despite the movie never having shown them shooting anyone before. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuAngCXGP04 The guns used]] did have relatively little recoil because of their design.
* IWarnedYou: Faith is told early on that her ChildhoodFriends Brit, Candy, and Cotty -- especially the first two -- are bad news, [[CassandraTruth but she doesn't listen...]]
* KarmaHoudini: It's implied that [[spoiler: Brit and Candy will ''completely'' get away for killing ''hordes'' of men right before they leave Florida.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In preparation for the girls' robbery, Brit says ''"Just pretend it's a video game. Like you're in a fucking movie."''
* ManChild: Alien, in heavy doses, from the perspective of the viewer. His attitude on life is like that of a child fantasizing about being a kingpin - the protagonists don't see through it and just find his immature idea of personal power based on decadent luxuries alluring.
* MeaningfulName:
** It's no surprise that Faith is depicted as being religious, in some aspect.
** ''Alien'' is, fittingly, a ''really'' weird guy.
** Big Arch is the ArcVillain of the movie's final part and the confrontation against him puts a cap on the ''big'', over''arch''ing story.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Brit and Candy kill all the men in the manor while letting the women escape, but the women are the only people who aren't armed, so it's justified.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Thought this would be another coming of age movie that would have dark comedic twists and turns? When Alien plays his part in the story, it won't be.
* PutOnABus: In this case, literally. [[spoiler:Faith goes back home an hour into the film, with Cotty splitting towards the end.]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The opening sequence features Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites;" the film's climax features a slow string version of the same song performed by Skrillex himself.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The film ends with [[spoiler: Brit and Candy riding off in one of Big Arch's fancy cars, [[WealthyEverAfter likely with all his and Alien's money, too.]]]]
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Alien cultivates his gangsta creds by playing ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' 24/7.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After being jailed for robbery and bailed out by Alien, Faith doesn't like how / where things are going and decides to hightail it home . Later, [[spoiler: Cotty gets shot and wisely decides to cut her losses as well.]]
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Alien's lifestyle is filled with this, with rap replacing rock & roll.
* ShoutOut: Lots, with some of the most notable being a few ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' references and a rendition of [[Music/BritneySpears "...Baby One More Time."]] And, of course, Alien keeping up the alien theme by referencing ''StarTrek'' and ''StarWars'' wherever appropriate.
** One scene shows two of the girls watching ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' on a laptop (to be even more specific, they're watching [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp "Winter Wrap Up"]]).
* SmallNameBigEgo: Alien is already a somewhat well-known rapper in-universe, but clearly less well known as a big, bad kingpin in the underground economy. This makes Alien the rapper want to up his gangsta cred and boost his already inflated ego by becoming an equally or even more well known criminal - leading him to a few confrontations with his obviously more powerful and established rival, Big Arch. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well]].
* SmallTownBoredom: The main reason the girls wanted to go on Spring Break in the first place, [[spoiler: [[HomeSweetHome though for half of them, this doesn't last too long.]]]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The delicate ''Britney Spears'' ballad "Everytime" plays over a violent scene.
** Also, beautiful violin music plays when [[spoiler: Candy and Brit murder Big Arch.]]
* SunshineNoir: The fun in the sun of the Tampa Bay area apparently includes it being a crime ridden pit.
* ThreeWaySex: Brit, Candy, and Alien.
** TheyDo: Candy and Brit have oodles and oodles of LesYay with one another, and finally...yeah.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: The Twins always "share" their girls (have threesomes with them). None of the girls seem interested, though.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Three person version with Alien, Brit, and Candy.
* [[WhiteGangBangers White Gang Banger]]: Alien, who claims to have been [[TokenWhite the only white guy in his neighborhood growing up]].
* WretchedHive: The Tampa/St. Petersburg area is shown as pretty trashy and a magnet for nastier forms of human excess throughout much of the film, and that's ''before'' Alien and his bloodthirsty gangland rivals show up.
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