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The test for whether you're asking that question just because of the Disney starlets being cast: Do you also think this about all the shows from American Pie to Spring Awakening, in which the message really is that sex is "AW-SUM!"?
Apr 10 - 10:29 AM
CARPENTER, YOU'RE MAKING MY FUCKING NIGHT
Apr 7 - 08:25 PM
The movies starts out showing these women as depraved, mindless, seemingly worthless people (mimicking the way much of society views them). But as the movie went on, I began feeling very sad for them. They are the way they are in large part because of the society they were raised in, because of the things the media glorifies, and because of the things this society truly deems worthy (not the pc things we pretend are worthy and give lip service to - money is the true god here). I think the scene where they sing Spears' song is the core of the film - these people do have souls, they do feel real and valuable emotions like the rest of us. But they were raised in a virtual cultural wasteland, what else are they going to gravitate towards? And in some sicko way, Franco did really love and care for these women. ANd that's sad, that a human being with a noble emotional core (way deep down and hidden underneath such filth) has no better outlet for his love than this utterly pointless scenario.
I also think it's telling that we don't see a single parent in the entire film; we only hear them on the phone, almost as if they don't exist.
Also interesting is the alternative Korine provides to Gomez's character. That equally gonzo church she was in, that provided no connection to anything real for her, that got so lost in it's own importance and show and big acting that it failed to meet her on her own terms. It failed her, and we're left to wonder what she's going back to. The 'light' and 'dark' sides of life both left her empty, and we are left at the end of the movie not seeing a single, redeemable part of life that she could turn to. This movie is so bleak. Turn on an episode of The Soup and you can see it play out on reality tv every Wednesday night at ten. Don't blame Korine for pointing a light on society and for not telling us how to feel about it. You gotta figure that stuff out yourself.
Mar 31 - 06:38 AM
Actually it's probably the worst movie I've ever seen, the acting is awful (besides James Franco) the scenes are weird and often filmed too long...the ending made little to no sense,? so many unanswered questions, truly a horrible movie. And it's so horrible that it's incredibly laughable, so much to the point that I recommend people see it just for how bad it is! xD It's like.. how Napoleon Dynamite was so bad it was good...it's like that...if you know what I mean. There's this one scene where James Franco is singing a song by Britney Spears (poorly sung by the way lol)and three of the girl are wearing pink robber masks and dancing with there guns in the air, like they're having a bad trip on LSD. It was so awkward and bad I didn't know whether it was meant to be funny or serious. I ended up laughing my ass off.
Mar 27 - 12:37 PM
It's pathetic that you've copied and pasted this to almost every discussion on this site regarding Spring Breakers. Get a life and stop hating, because honestly, no one holds your opinion in THAT high of esteem.
Mar 31 - 12:15 AM
Diego John Tutweiller
Well, is making a movie like this because you're a nihilist really more 'creative' than making a movie like this because you're stupid?
Mar 24 - 12:05 PM
The inclusion of Gucci Mane as a promotion tool and Gomez suggests this is attempt at one foot in one foot out and a confusing image for the movie
Mar 25 - 03:18 PM
No matter the intent on the commentary, this has Gomez, bikinis and the context that dumb American teens (who will find a way to watch this) will not take note of and just interpret as fuck to be cool.
Mar 23 - 05:02 PM
I agree, much of the audience will probably have the satire aspect fly over their heads. But whether it inspires more promiscuity among teens is debatable. It's kinda like blaming video games for shootings.
Mar 23 - 07:37 PM
Mar 23 - 09:24 PM
I just saw this today, and there's no way anybody, no matter how young and stupid, can misread the film as glorifying this behavior. Very little good comes from any behavior that any character does over the entire course of the movie.
Mar 23 - 10:11 PM
You'd be surprised how psychologically backwards todays teen really is
Mar 23 - 11:56 PM
^This. While this doesn't necessarily mean every teen who misreads this film will go out and fuck 50 people and a dog, they may consider what goes on as "cool" and won't see this is condemning this behavior.
Mar 24 - 12:30 AM
It's true. This "yolo" genertaion really drives me nuts. It's "carpe diem" for idiots.
Mar 24 - 06:51 AM
It may condemn the behaviour but with the rest of the media that promotes it teens will not catch the real important lesson it might want to convey they might see it ONE possiblity for people 'more stupid' than them will fall into.
With teens nothing can happen to them, it's always someone else who is more likely to have it happen to them and they think they are indestructible.
All the anti-pot propaganda that came out just made pot more mysterious and taboo-cool to kids and teens and upped the consumption of it. Case in point: consumption of pot and hash is lower in places like Amsterdam where it is legal.
Mar 25 - 03:17 PM
Furthermore having an idiot scumbag like Gucci Mane who essentially promotes drug dealing, misogyny, and gang violence suggests to me you are not trying to create an intelligent scathing message about this material you are attracting his teen fans to ignore it and go "LOOK IT'S GUCCI! DRINK CODEINE SYRUP AND SLAP DEM HOES!"
Mar 25 - 03:20 PM
I'm not familiar with Gucci Mane, so I can't comment on that. But to summarize: teens are stupid.
Mar 25 - 03:54 PM
Teens have always been immature and impressionable. We could say the same things about the likes of movies like American Pie. Kids will always think drinking and smoking pot are cool and taboo so as long as they're both illegal. Once they hit 21, they're not frequently drinking as irresponsibly as they did when they were underage. And don't get me started on pot prohibition.
Mar 26 - 05:59 AM
They got away with it didn't they? As far as we know, at least. He didn't moralize the story too much, in fact, he has even said this in interviews. Clear-headed, artistic-minded moviegoers will obviously see the true point of the film, but impressionable young people have a habit of disregarding and completely remaining oblivious to ramifications that occur to characters in hyper-sensationalist movies such as this. Whether there's a moral or not, it doesn't truly make much difference.
Mar 31 - 12:18 AM
I mean look at what happened after Project X came out.
Mar 31 - 12:20 AM