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Does It Float?: Spring Breakers

By: Addison WylieSpring Breakers Poster

When I reviewed Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers in March, I stated that “it may very well be this year’s most argued about film.” I still stand by that, and it’s bittersweet to do so.

On the one hand, I’m right. On the other, there are still movie goers that react wildly negative towards Korine’s fever dream. However, just as many people are faithful to their opinion about Spring Breakers and even go as far as to say it’s one of the best movies of the year- which it very well is.

A good example of two radically different outlooks happened a couple weeks after the film’s opening weekend. A co-worker of mine hated the experience, thought the whole ordeal was “stupid”, and was dead set that I enjoyed the movie simply because it had “a ton of boobs”.

The other example is one I try to remember as frequently as possible because of how sincere it was. When chatting with another co-worker about current movies and which ones we recommended to each other, an older lady – somebody’s grandmother – piped up instantaneously. “Have you two seen Spring Breakers?” asked the frail woman. I shook my head just as fast. “I loved it.” “I really like that movie,” she said. “It’s very provocative and sharp.” She turned to my friend. “I really suggest you see it. You’re going to really like it.”

And, there we have it. A woman who was seemingly in the preferred target audience had a miserable time, whereas Cornation Street’s #1 fan had nothing but great things to say about Korine’s experimental flick.

But, where do I stand on the vivacious, audacious film? Are the messages still clear? Do the polarizing, more adult roles from Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens still resonate well?

In the third webisode of Does It Float?, I pop in the Blu-ray and see if Spring Breakers still holds water on a second watch.

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To read my original review, click here!

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