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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it’s also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With director Harmony Korine's visual overload and somnolent voice-overs — the same sentences are repeated ad nauseum — it manages to be both mind-numbingly dull and off-putting.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    A candy-colored fever dream is the most unforgettable movie of the year so far.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Harmony Korine's first ''mainstream'' movie, Spring Breakers, is by far the best thing he's ever done.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are in Spring Breakers, it's absolutely not appropriate for teens. This is a hard-R film from controversial director Harmony Korine (Kids), and it explores the naivete of college students who expect spring break to be an otherworldy, life-changing experience. There's constant, overt sexuality (including three-way sex scenes and lots of toplessness), substance abuse (mostly marijuana and cocaine), swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and violence. People die from being shot and are injured with bullet wounds. Underage men and women are arrested and indulge in sexual acts with strangers they've just met. Bottom line? Every terrible thing that a parent could imagine happening during spring break is unflinchingly on display in this envelope-pushing satire of teen comedies.

  • Families whose teens do see Spring Breakers may want to discuss how it portrays teenage sexuality and substance abuse. What message is it intending to send? Do you think that message gets through to teen viewers?
  • What do you think of Hudgens and Gomez starring in this film when they still have tween and young teen fans? Does it change how you think of them as actresses? Do you think actresses who start out acting in kids' programming have a responsibility to be careful with their career choices?
  • What alternatives are there to the "booze and booty"-filled spring break scene? Talk about some guidelines for high school and college spring break trips -- and real-life cases of spring breaks going terribly wrong.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's most important message -- that the sexualization and "party till you drop" nature of spring break and the obsession with that lifestyle is ridiculous and in no way helps a young person discover who they really are -- may be clear to adults, but it may not be obvious to most teens.

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    Role models: No positive role models; the main characters are involved in sex, violence, and substance abuse. That said, at least Faith has the good sense to listen to her instinct that Alien bailing them out of jail could only lead to disaster, so she heads back home. When she says that she was wrong about what spring break ended up being like, she's completely right.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A shoot-out leaves at least a dozen people dead, and in another sequence, the girls rob a restaurant with squirt guns that they wield as if they were real. A drug dealer's henchman shoots at a car, and Cotty gets shot in the arm (but survives). Alien is obsessed with his machine guns and pistols and lets the girls play with them. Brit and Candy each pull a gun on Alien and even stick it into his mouth, but then the violence turns sexual.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The entire movie is highly sexualized. From the opening scene, there are countless close-up shots of topless, bikini-clad young women -- at the beach, at motels, and at parties. There are two three-way sex scenes, one of which shows topless older women and the other the bare backs and bottoms of the younger women. Widespread debauchery tied to substance use. Shirtless guys pour beer (strategically placed in front of their crotches) into the mouths of topless girls on the floor below; young men and women snort cocaine from a topless woman's chest -- some of them stopping to kiss her breasts. A topless woman teases a guy "You're never gonna get this p---y," and much, much, much more.

  • language false5

    Language: Not quite Quentin Tarantino-level, but pretty close: tons of "f--k" (including both the sexual connotation and "motherf---er"), plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "p--y" (as both an insult and a euphemism for "vagina"), "t-ts," "d--k," "ass," "hell," the "N" word, several "goddamn"s, and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: El Camino, Camaro, and a Ferrari are featured, and random beer brands are shown. Tie-in products include clothes and shoes based on the characters' apparel in the movie.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Barely a scene that doesn't feature college students (most of whom are underage) drinking copious amounts of alcohol, smoking marijuana, and even snorting cocaine. Many of the scenes of substance abuse are repeated and incorporate sexual acts as well, like people snorting cocaine off of a topless young woman's chest, doing body shots, etc. There's also drug dealing and scenes that show people packaging and weighing drugs.