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Synopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

I've been following this film for a while as it seemed such a strange collaboration between the director of Gummo and the likes of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Yet that is exactly what has happened and if the festival buzz is anything to go by then the results are interesting to say the least.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weftUojsqwI

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Synopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

That sounds like a plot for a porn movie. I think it's the 'dirty work'.

Anyway, your video is blocked on copyright grounds by viacom apparently. Probably for the best as I had just got my tissues out and I still have an email to type before I leave work.

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From the description, it sounds like Harmony Korine's done a David Gordon Green and just decided to make the most commercial film he can. Maybe he's trying to make enough money to finish that film where he gets people to beat him up.

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Saw this tonight. First of all, the screening was sold out, which was quite surprising.

It's a strange film. It's so shallow and commercial, kind of like Wild Things or something like that*, yet in certain ways it reminded me of Requiem for a Dream - thematically vaguely similar, and very much the same style of editing, with hip hop montages, scenes which jump around between three different sub-scenes, strong emphasis on music, all of that. It also slightly reminds me of Drive... and most especially of the PC game Hotline: Miami. The colour scheme is just like that game, and the whole thing has a deliberately uncomfortable, druggy, sleazy atmosphere and tone. It's a very strange combination, I don't think I've seen anything exactly like it before.

The thing is, there isn't very much story to speak of and some of the acting is very weak. That can't be said for James Franco, who is absolutely brilliant as a kind of slighly paedophilic white version of Snoop Dogg.

The first twenty minutes or so I was not on board at all. A constant repetitious cycle of tits and arses for no apparent reason. But gradually I decided that was part of the point and I enjoyed it for what it was.

It looks good, the soundtrack is fantastic, Franco is brilliant, Vanessa Hudgens is oddly frightening,it features the most unexpected use of a Britney Spears song I've ever seen, and there are 38390429387 tits if that's what you want.

I think I enjoyed it, if only because it was something fresh and different and tits. But really, it's the kind of film it would be easy to hate. So I dunno, 3/5?

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There's even a scene which is very similar to the pool scene in that film

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Agree with the above, it's one odd film. It's kind of Terrance Malick directing a MTV movie, filming nubile teens in soft-focus slow motion rather than his normal fields and sunsets. It reminded me quite a bit of Herzog's Bad Lieutenant in it's black tone and how I couldn't quite comprehend what I was watching, although it's certainly not as good as that film.

Franco is superb, clearly having a ball - like a 21st Century version of Gary Oldman's Drexyl from True Romance.

I wasn't entirely sober going in and I don't have any particular inclination to see it again, but I certainly enjoyed it - if it clicks with you, there's a lot of laughs (it's safe to say the reaction in the cinema was polarized). Worth seeing, people sucked in by the more mainstream marketing the film has had are going to be so confused.

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Oh yeah, that must have been an incredibly fun role to play.

Bad Lieutenant is an excellent comparison, it has that same way of making you feel like a terrible person for enjoying it. Not as funny or as good, of course.

The technique of repeating dialogue three times in a row is slightly grating, but it adds to the slightly druggy/drunken feel and tone of the film.

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Like, different perspectives, or like this?

Haha, very much like that! Except with cutaway shots of waving arses or flashbacks to shots of tits, instead of the cutaway shot of the outside of a gift shop. And not to the same extreme. It's odd.

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This is one of the oddest films I've ever saw. Uncomfortably perverted and pretty much pointless. It plays out in some sort of weird haze. Very much in your face but you don't really know what the fuck is happening on screen in front of you.

Bizarre / 10

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This film is such a mess but hypnotic at times. The ending is fucking awful as well.

Its worth a watch just for James Franco though. He is not just playing a Riff Raff parody, he takes over the whole film when he is on screen and it seems like you are watching something far greater than what this is.

Never been a great fan of Harmony Korine and this does not change anything but I am a fan of James Franco and my appreciation of him went up after watching this.

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I watched this last night. Strange film; imagine it has an options screen at the start, with various sliders labelled ‘colour saturation’, ‘dubstep’, ‘weirdness’, ‘sleaze’, ‘tits’, and ‘James Franco going mental’,

Say no more, is it on Netflix yet?

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That's a superb review treble. It's made me wonder if maybe I'm off on this one.

However, the film was actually exactly what I expected it to be. There were no surprises, and the message you brilliantly identify about the choices facing Americas youth as a series of disappointing dead ends is muted by the end where they take totally unpunished control of their own fantasies and destiny.

I stick by my appraisal that I hated it, but I still love your review

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