One does not simply watch “Spring Breakers.” No, it requires that you strap in and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. It’s a fireworks show as seen through a kaleidoscope, all while teetering on the ledge of a twenty-story building – just to catch a glimpse. And considering its stockpile of extremely R-rated material, a height requirement wouldn’t be out of place. Just as radio has transformed hip-hop into hip-pop, writer-director Harmony Korine has coupled his avant-garde sensibilities with a kind of pop-art explosion. The picture is David Lynch by way of Andy Warhol – all with a healthy dose of Britney Spears. But beware. If you’re not sure if “Spring Breakers” is for you, it’s not for you.

For moviegoers looking for sensory overload, this will play particularly well, but for those looking for action or comedy, they won’t find much of it here. “Spring Breakers” is closer to art house fare than multiplex fodder, so I suspect mainstream audiences will be confounded, if not entirely put off. As a dark, meditative (occasionally bordering on ponderous) film with splashes of neon and waves of bass-thumping electronica, “Spring Breakers” is built for a very specific audience. But if you enjoy being challenged and crave cinematic experiences you haven’t had before, this is a film worth seeking out. It has “cult favorite” written all over it.

Rating: ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ (Very Good)

Full review: Spring Breakers

-J. Olson

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