Yesterday, Lena Dunham tweeted, “After Spring Breakers I now view my booty as both a weapon and a liability. Also, I call it a booty.” Spring Breakers is a movie that follows four college friends (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) and their Spring Break escapades. Desperate to afford the trip, they rob a restaurant. They are bailed out of jail by a drug and arms dealer (James Franco), and then get caught up in his schemes.
The trailer is a montage of racy clips flashing drugs, alcohol, gun violence…and our favorite childhood Disney stars, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. That’s right- Gabriella, the math wiz Wildcat, has put down her pencil and picked up a gun. Whether or not we like seeing these girls portrayed in this way, the fact of the matter is, they’re actresses. They act for a living, and that’s just what they’re doing in Spring Breakers. I look forward to seeing Spring Breakers. I can’t wait to see these actresses step out of their classic roles and take on entirely new personas. I hope that after watching this movie, I too can “ view my booty as both a weapon and a liability.”
I think Hollywood has tried to do its own take on Spring Break, Girls Gone Wild, or just in general, teenage craziness in the past. The new movie, Springbreakers, seems to look at all of these ideas. When I first heard about it, it seemed like a teenage version of The Hangover or another repeat of something like Project X. But, when you watch the trailer, it looks strangely serious and silly at the same time. We see the girls attempting to get cash for something…for Spring Break? And, they meet Lil Wayne looking James Franco on their trip? I think the movie, itself, will be interesting to see. The cast includes some popular actors like James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens. Though some people may not put this role as out of James Franco’s territory, I don’t think it’s something he has done before. And, I hope 12 year old Selena Gomez fans (although it’s rated R) don’t see this movie because their image of her might just be shattered. Benson will be leaving “A” from Pretty Little Liars and Hudgens won’t be singing “We’re All In This Together” from her High School Musical days. With this movie, I think Hollywood will once again, provoke controversy and surprise us at the same time. I hope Spring Breakers will at contain a deeper message (if possible) or at least exemplify how crazy Spring Break can actually be. Maybe it’s so crazy, that the craziness, itself, is the message? Ha ha, I think it’s also safe to say that all of the actresses won’t be wearing proper clothes for at least 3/4 of the movie. It’s bikinis all the way in Spring Breakers.