(Terrence Williams is the director of Horno and The Hood Has Eyez. Any time this talented young man wants to come on this page and speak, he knows he always has an open door. If you have not seen either of his films, you are truly missing out. Terrence is one of those people who makes films not to only entertain you but to see how far he can push boundaries and get people talking. The Hood Has Eyez is that film that if you are easily offended you may want to think twice about, but if you want to see some disturbing sick fun stuff you should seek it out. That would be a good Easter film for the family. )
The film opens with various shots of ‘spring breakers’ and lots of shots of tits, lots and lots of tits, fully nude, fully filling the frame, right in your face, girls parading around in their birthday suits, skimpy clothing, flashing the camera in extreme slow-mo, drinking till they puke, college frat boys chugging beer in every way imaginable and feeding already intoxicated girls beer in every way imaginable, followed by more tit flashing, more puking, more drinking, more debauchery, etc., etc. Within the opening frames and opening credits of “Spring Breaker’s” you know exactly what type of movie this is going to be, you know exactly what type of ride you’re in for! And if you don’t, you’re an idiot!
And if after the opening credits you’re still sitting there and still not quite sure what type of movie this is, remember this is a Harmony Korine film, you know, the guy who wrote the equally controversial “Kids” from 1995 and directed bizarro films such as “Gummo,” “Julien Donkey-Boy,” & “Mister Lonely.” With that said, if you’re into his movies (which I am) and you’re into tits and ass, and a little social commentary about today’s society, and Disparate Youth, Harmony Korine style, then you’ll really dig this film (as much as I did).
Part of the entertainment value of this film was watching other moviegoers who had no idea a) who Harmony Korine is, or b) what type of movies he makes and c) coming to the realization that even though former Disney sweetheart and Justin Bieber girlfriend, Selena Gomez is in this, it ain’t a teeny bop film, far from it! This is rough shit. … Most people walked out and didn’t get the MESSAGE. That, or they were totally offended by its graphic material. But, if you aren’t turned off by the graphic sex/drug/violence and just think its a silly/stupid movie with no point or if you thought the plot sucked… you’re not seeing the IRONY of it all. I mean, c’mon, honestly, what thug is gonna dress up a bunch of teenage blonds in pink ski masks and sing Britney Spears? It’s a social commentary. It’s satirical. It’s actually really smart and well done.
This film is about the immature perspective American teenagers have about “freedom” and “fun” and “adulthood,” the warped image they develop about sex, drugs and violence. Teenagers in America today glorify sex, drugs and violence, more so than any previous generation and most importantly MONEY. They think the world is at their fingertips and there are no consequences to greed and licentiousness. That statement is very general, don’t get me wrong! But the film’s theme is this: life is not like a music video. In a music video, or in a video game, you can’t get hurt and you can’t do harm. In real life, you *can* get hurt and you *can* do harm, no matter how much “fun” you’re having. And boy do these girls get themselves into some shit!
James Franco’s role as “Alien,” an aspiring rapper, hustler and pimp is an Oscar worthy performance. I’m sure his ‘Wizard of OZ’ fans would love this… NOT! The scene where he gives head to not one gun barrel, but two, are worth the price of admission in themselves! At first you laugh at him but after a while you begin to buy into his look and “thought process,” and if you’ve watched MTV, BET or any type of “reality-TV” in the last few years, you see guys like this all the time and you see stupid young girls chasing them, chasing the dream, chasing the fame, instead of seeing them for the clowns that they really are. Franco is absolutely hilarious and brilliant in this role. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him when he was on screen and that’s not an easy thing to do when you have 4 scantily clad chicks putting their ass, pussy and tits in the frame at all times! This movie was a lot like Larry Clark’s “Kids” or “Bully,” or most recently “Hustle & Flow,” or “Black Snake Moan.”
Anyhow, the film is about four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. They find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. It was campy and satirical and sometimes downright surreal but I think it packed a powerful punch and anyone who thought otherwise missed the boat. Its obvious Selena Gomez is trying to break away from her “innocent” Disney image, going the route Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears, Christina Aguilera and other former Disney brats went, hopefully she only does so on-screen and not in real life. Honestly, Selena Gomez’ presence in the film is what I think made this movie so widely available, because I couldn’t see this getting as wide of a theatrical release as it did had it not been for her “name,” because this film is borderline NC-17, none of Korine’s other films have gotten this wide of a release. Her presence also helped fill the seats. I love the inside Brittney Spears jokes on this flick. Highly recommended!