Spring Breakers isn’t for everyone. If you’re more familiar with Selena Gomez as a teenage witch on Wizards of Waverly Place — or can recall the time when Vanessa Hudgens was soaring with Zac Efron — then there’s a high possibility you might find yourself squirming in your seat at the sight of Alex Russo, Gabriella Montez, and Pretty Little Liars’ Hanna Marin boozing it up in itsy bitsy neon bikinis.
(However, seeing them burst into song halfway through the film was a nice, nostalgic touch — and it wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable as Troy Bolton singing to his reflection during “Bet on It.”)
Yet, Harmony Korine’s homage to MTV’s Spring Break is as hypnotic and tantalizing as it is gratuitous and overexposed. At times it’s a dizzying mix of skin, violence and Skrillex — other times, it’s playful and almost innocent (cue Britney Spears’ “Everytime” montage).
While James Franco is the clear scene-stealer in this flick — after all, his character Alien has “shorts in every color” and “plays Scarface on repeat” — Ashley Benson makes quite a lasting impression as bad girl Brit.
We decided that only way to effectively summarize all of feelings about Spring Breakers was to let our favorite Little Liars do it for us. Here’s what Wetpaint Entertainment thought of Ashley’s gritty new flick — using Pretty Little Liars GIFs!
Candy, Brit, Cotty and Faith are sick of their mundane college lives, but they don't have enough money to fund their Spring Break trip.
So Candy and Brit decide to rob a Chicken Shack.
Church girl Faith isn't so down with using stolen money to fund their debaucherous vacay...
But whatever, it's Spring Break, bitches!
So they get to Florida, and it's like...
Faith feels like she can finally be herself.
But then they get busted by the cops at an early afternoon rager.
They blew all their money on scooters and booze, so they can't afford bail.
But don't cry, Selena Gomez! James Franco is here to bail you out!
He introduces them to his sketchy friends, and Faith feels super uncomfortable.
And then she cries. We all feel sad.
So she decides to take the bus back home to wherever it is they're from.
Alien introduces Candy, Brit and Cotty to his life of crime: shorts in every color, Scarface on repeat, a room full of guns, etc.
They're all still walking around in bikinis, FYI.
And then they all sing "Everytime" by Britney Spears. No, seriously. James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson sing "Everytime."
Also, [SPOILER] gets shot.
Then there's a threesome in the pool.
Did we mention there was more violence?
Pretty soon there's a shoot-out and you're on the edge of your seat.
But it's okay because Skrillex is playing.
People die, but whatever. We're used to that in Rosewood.
OMG! Is that Ellie Goulding? I love this song!
Spring Breakers hits theaters nationwide on March 22. Have you seen the gritty flick? Tell us what you thought of Ash's big screen debut in the comments below!