ByJoey Mauro, writer at
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Joey Mauro

There are few films that have come out in recent years to have garnered such a polarized opinion. Spring Breakers is a textbook example of a love it or hate it film; and its understandable given that at face value the film's content seems so obviously adolescent and pandered. What with all dubstep, trap-rap, and materialistic excessiveness that is typically apart of the high school and college life of the American teenager and young adult, but again this is Harmony Korine and time after time he has shown that he can show this demographic quite accurately, albeit through a funhouse mirror.

I had pretty much deduced that in a few years when we look back on this current time's generation, David Fincher's The Social Network will be our respective The Graduate; a coming of age story reflecting our desires, frustrations, and attitudes. It shows one end of the confused young adult; like Ben Braddock, the Mark Zuckerberg character is finding himself, desperately looking for his place in life and wondering where he's supposed to be and where he's meant to stay...The more 'serious' side of our life.

Spring Breakers on the other hand, is exactly what it says, our spring break. This is the other end of the spectrum; the rebellious side, letting off some steam during a long week of studying for finals...Spring Breakers is that time you got aggressively drunk and flipped off the world.

So, on the same level I think cultural historians will look back and will (like it or not) see Spring Breakers as our respective Easy Rider. Easy Rider, was loose in story, a time capsule of the late 1960s-early 1970s. Wyatt and Billy travel the country without a care in the world. The audience watches them travel on their motorcycles as they are presented with some of the most popular music and art of its time.

A flowing and generous narrative style with one-of-a-kind transitional editing, Easy Rider is the film you want to sit back a revisit as if you're seeing old friends or at the very least try and see what it was like to live in the Haight-Ashbury days.

Harmony Korine has obviously never been a stranger to this style, he was similarly affective in showcasing a down-and-dirty portrait of lower-class generation X in 1997's Gummo, but he exceeded even that with how he accurately interpreted the lifestyles of many 90s baby's who are now trying to find their footing in adult life.

[Spring Breakers](movie:386903) and Easy Rider are both stylistic, dream-like forays into everything that makes up the most visceral and iconic fashions/lingo of the respective time-periods. You change the psychedelic/blues rock to Skrillex and Gucci Mane, the acid to molly, and rather than a world of discrimination and travel; camping in the outdoors, swimming, in quarries, you have a loud disconnected, candy-colored, world of total excess, materialism and sexuality that is constantly moving and shining...


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