Excess All Areas: ‘Deflowering’ the Disney Girls in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers

Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), Cotty (Rachel Korine), and Faith (Selena Gomez, from left to right) are caught in the act.

You can probably say an awful lot of things about Harmony Korine but not that the man has ever shied away from controversy. In fact, he seems to embrace it, at least occasionally. In 1996, the American filmmaker stormed the Hollywood landscape when he wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay for Larry Clark’s disturbing Kids. His own films from Gummo to Trash Humpers have followed a similar pattern. Since, Harmony Korine and his output have been open to dispute, and there are even voices that keep clamoring for his immediate retirement from the director’s chair. His latest work, Spring Breakers, continues the trend. Once again, opinions on the movie diverge, although the premise of the film is pretty intriguing.

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