Wow! What a surprising neo-noir this turned out to be. You might think this is some kind of Avalon-Funicello story, but it's the very contrast of this depiction of youthful values with that ancient genre that's amazing. This doesn't hold back.
"Spring Breakers" (2012) is a neo-noir, listed in the Wikipedia list,
and that references a review by writer Eric Kohn who writes
"Atmospherically, 'Spring Breakers' is an elegant evocation of noir
storytelling, littered with misdeeds with girls and guns at every
turn." The story is amazing, not at all what one would associate with
good times in Florida during spring break. The dark sides of this
gathering and the mentality of some or many of the youngsters who
frequent it are brought to light and fleshed out in surprising fashion.
The movie has a few minor faults. It does fall into a bit of repetition
and hesitation to develop character and plot, but only mildly so. The
script is, in fact, excellent in a very penetrating examination of
American youth culture. There are amazing scenes throughout and a
degree of foreboding that took skill to achieve. One wonders how the
director and writer (Harmony Korine) ever got some crowd scenes shot,
they were that terrific. But there are some interiors that are equally
filled with revealing detail.
The movie focuses on 4 college girls, one of whom, Faith (Selena
Gomez), joins with 3 who belie their appearance by being delinquents.
Eventually, there is tremendous suspense about Faith's vulnerability
when the gang of 4 falls in with a rock singing, gun-toting,
smooth-talking, drug-dealing guy named Alien (James Franco).
Korine has boldly made a statement here about the tendencies of
American youth by focusing on an extreme threesome who are attracted to
transgressions, and it may well apply internationally to youth in
Europe. The appearances of these three, who are attracted to power,
money, violence, domination and new sexual experiences, belie their
behavior. They imitate the violence and language they have seen in so
many movies, and getting away with it, they experience exhilaration.