Friday Flicks: Is ‘Spring Breakers’ Too Much or Too Funny?

TIME breaks down which films to see and which to avoid this weekend.

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Spring Breakers

Tagline: Wish you were here.

Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) simply cannot wait for spring break to come around so they can finally have some fun and leave behind their oh-so-boring collegiate lives. And as they’ve all been friends since grade school, chances are what happens on spring break will stay on spring break.

But they haven’t taken into account the impact that rapper “Alien” (James Franco) will have on their young lives, as he promises to provide them with all the excitement they can handle.

While it seems like a the perfect setup for an awful film — former Disney teen princesses gone bad — critical opinion seems to be mainly on the side of the spring breakers. “At once blunt and oblique, Spring Breakers looks different depending on how you hold it up to the light,” notes the New York Times. “The movie is an arty lark of ambiguous entertainment value, pulsing with melancholy,” says the Los Angeles Times. But New York magazine isn’t falling for it, asking in a headline “Is Spring Breakers One of the Perviest Movies Ever Made?” before commenting that it’s “swill,” and that “by the time the movie segues into a bloody shoot-’em-up, with girls in bikinis firing automatic weapons, it has lost its visceral kick.”

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