“Spring Breakers” Red Carpet Premiere @ Venice Film Festival

Harmony Korine, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, vanessa Hudgens, & Selena GomezPhoto Credit: FameFlynet Pictures; Pictured (L-R): Harmony Korine, James Franco, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, vanessa Hudgens, & Selena Gomez

As we said in our earlier posts, the Harmony Korine’s written & directed “Spring Breakers” made a big splash at the Venice Film Festival earlier this evening (Wednesday, September 5) as the film’s sexy cast hit the red carpet premiere in full-on Oscar-esque glamour. We were curious what these girls would wear after looking great earlier in the day at the photocall.

Hollywood Reporter reviewed the film, so here’s an excerpt:

Even by the elastic measure of James Franco’s unpredictable career, the actor gives one of his more bizarre performances in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Playing a Florida white-trash gangsta with beaded cornrows and a gleaming mouthful of metal, he’s a cross between Bo Derek in 10 and Richard Kiel in Moonraker. At one point he sits poolside at a cheesy white grand piano and sings a Britney Spears ballad while three co-eds in DTF pants and pink ski masks do an impromptu dance routine with AK-47s.

Sounds good? Well, like the film as a whole, Franco’s borderline parodistic performance is interesting only up to a point. It may be one of Korine’s more conventional narratives, but this is basically a porn-pulp snort of derision at the American Dream and the youthful search for self, packaged as Beach Blanket Bingo on acid. It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it’s also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.

More than by Franco, the film’s profile will be boosted by the presence of former Disney Channel cuties Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens among all the bong-hitting, boozing, coke-snorting, breast-baring, grinding bodies. “Poetry in motion” is how Franco’s drug-dealing rapper Alien describes the crowd at a beach beer blast. “Bikinis and big booties, y’all. That’s what life is about.” [Continue reading…]

Rachel & Harmony KorinePhoto Credit: FameFlynet Pictures; Pictured: Rachel & Harmony Korine

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Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena GomezPhoto Credit: FameFlynet Pictures
Pictured: Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez