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The rite of spring break

"Spring Breakers" is a middle-class fantasy of white trash culture

By Tom Streithorst  

James Franco as Alien in "Spring Breakers"

Sordid and sexy, beautifully shot in candy-cane colours, with a pretty cast of ex-Disney starlets, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers could be the date movie of the summer, depending on your date. It might transform the rest of your evening into a drug-fuelled sexual extravaganza. Just make sure neither you nor your sweetheart require character development or a believable plot.

Korine first came to prominence in 1995 with Kids, which he wrote for director Larry Clark while still a teenager. Its hero,…

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