New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Spring Breakers' Arrives to Make Teenagers Everywhere Confused and Angry

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Spring Breakers' Arrives to Make Teenagers Everywhere Confused and Angry

Jul 08, 2013

Spring Breakers - Lionsgate - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Harmony Korine
Cast: James FrancoSelena GomezVanessa Hudgens,Ashley BensonRachel KorineFull cast + crew

Perhaps no movie this year hates its target audience more than Spring Breakers. Teenagers who think they're going to see Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco in a wild college party movie are going to be confused and horrified. To quote my review from SXSW:

"Spring Breakers is the first (smart) film built on a foundation of memes. That's not a complaint, either. It's actually the genius of Harmony Korine's latest. The James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens-led film about college kids gone wild is a scathing commentary about current youth culture, their reckless abandon, their predator nature, and the want to have everything without working for it. Every generation has movies that showcase the idiocy of youth, though. What Korine's film makes a haunting case for, among several other things, is that the current generation has absolutely nothing to say themselves."

I hesitate to call Spring Breakers a must-watch movie, because that seems to come with the guarantee that all who watch it are going to love it. That is categorically not the case here. This is not an easy movie. It's not pleasant. It's not sexy. Basically, Spring Breakers is the opposite of what you might expect it to be -- but that's also why it's kind of brilliant.

Special Features: deleted scenes; three-part featurette that brushes all the major topics you'd want to know about production; a trio of featurettes produced by Vice about the ATL twins that inspired the movie; a commentary track by Harmony Korrine; trailers.

 

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Admission is a weird movie. On the surface it's a romantic comedy about a Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) who, against her initial judgment, finds herself falling for a Paul Rudd-type (who is conveniently played by Paul Rudd). That's not really what the movie is, though. Oh, it's got all of the quirkiness of a normal rom-com, but it's not particularly romantic, and it's not particularly comedic, and Fey and Rudd have absolutely zero chemistry. And that's to not even get into the strange plot elements, which involve abandoned children and Fey's bullish mom trying to get laid. It's not an outright bad movie, just know it's not the movie it looks like on the cover.

The opposite can be said for The Host, which looks exactly like the kind of movie that cover promises. This is yet another movie about a teen girl torn between two different men in her life, only this one doesn't have the appreciable cheese of the Twilight franchise to make it entertaining in an "I can't believe this is happening" way. The Host involves an alien-invasion plot that's just bad in the regular, boring, old-fashioned sense. 

Then there's Dead Man Down, a fairly solid thriller starring Colin Farrell as a member of a New York City crime family who is tasked with hunting down the man who killed one of their own. That's a tricky prospect on its own considering Farrell is the secret murderer, but it gets even more complicated for him once a woman (Noomi Rapace) learns his secret and offers to not tell the police so long as he kill someone for her. It's got grand production design and camera work, and a good script that's coherent even when it gets a little too twisty. 

Next up is The Gatekeepers, a documentary about ex-heads of Israeli's security agency. I haven't seen it, so I can't weigh in one way or another, but it did get an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, so it's probably a pretty safe bet. Unfortunately the same can't be said for Tyler Perry's Temptation, unless the bet in question is "Is this another ridiculous movie made by Tyler Perry?" If that's the case, then yes, Temptation is a very, very safe bet.

 

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