If you were holding your breath, you can finally exhale because the shock cinema film Spring Breakers has finally released its first full-length trailer. It’s as though Metric’s ‘Gold Guns Girls’ would have made a fitting anthem for the R-rated romp that sees slinky-bikini clad Disney sweethearts Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, along with Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine in handcuffs, spewing sex, drugs and violence. Oh and James Franco wears grillz.
The approximately two-minute trailer is gritty and intriguing, with the bonus of sampling the Skrillex-produced score. Four college co-eds scheme about how they can afford a spring break trip to the land of Miami vice. Robbing a restaurant at gun point in ski masks and zero clothes — no, never clothes — lands them in jail, where they find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealing Kevin Federline circa 2004 (ahem, Franco) and continue their journey to the dark side of the moon. The film, directed by Harmony Korine — who’s no stranger to provocative indie — opts out of the good-girls-gone-bad cliché, rather portraying the girls, with their perma under-eye bags, as already toying with sin before their Alien (Franco’s character) encounter.
To no surprise, Spring Breakers received good reviews after it was presented at the Venice and Toronto film festivals this past fall (where the cast cleaned up very nicely). The trailer is already proof that the flick will heed some of the most diverse performances of the year. Gomez, for one, is no longer trapped in her Disney box, revealing in the May issue of Interview magazine that exploring her wild side required practice. “I’d never smoked a cigarette before in my entire life. It was really funny – they had to show me how to do it.”
The theatrical release date of March 22 will surely be nothing short of highly anticipated. Until then, the trailer will have to do.