He’s the notorious auteur behind cult classics “Gummo”, “Julien Donkey-Boy”, “Kids” (as screenwriter), and most recently 2009’s “Trash Humpers”… and yet, Harmony Korine’s upcoming work seems to be producing the most controversy of all his films. “Spring Breakers” features Disney teen stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Heather Morris (Glee), Rachel Korine (Harmony’s wife), and James Franco, who was involved in Korine’s “Rebel”, a 20-minute instillation piece paying homage to the James Dean classic “Rebel Without A Cause”.
With a synopsis reading “four college girls land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation, then find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work”, Spring Breakers might be the wacky filmmaker’s first real foray into the mainstream, causing worry among some fans who fear the notion of their arthouse hero selling out. But I believe it’s safe to say we need worry not: Korine has always been a daring artist examining the American essence, and I would not be surprised if this turned out to be his most absurd, irregular work yet. So while I wallow in anticipation, take a look at these photos from the movie’s shoot in Florida: