|Spring Breakers is a 2012 American comedy and drama film written and directed by Harmony Korine. The film stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco. The film follows four college-aged girls on their spring break.
The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. It received positive reviews from movie critics, some calling it a cult classic, and was a box office success grossing $31.7 million at the worldwide box office against a $5 million production budget.
Childhood friends and college students Faith, Brit, Candy, and Cotty plan to go on a spring break vacation, but don’t have enough money for the trip. To obtain the funds, Brit and Candy rob a fast food restaurant using hammers and realistic-looking squirt guns, with Cotty as the getaway driver. Faith, a Christian and the most innocent of the group, is taken aback by Brit and Candy’s actions; however, she overlooks their crimes and travels to Florida with them.
On the trip, the girls attend wild beach parties, engaging in drinking and reckless behavior. After a rambunctious party, they are arrested and bailed out by Alien, a rapper and gangster from St. Petersburg. Faith becomes uncomfortable with Alien’s surroundings and lifestyle; she decides to leave, begging the girls to come with her. Despite her pleas, Brit, Candy, and Cotty return to Alien’s mansion and become part of his crime ring. Whilst Faith returns home, she gets harassed by Sugar and Hunyboo but eventually makes it on a bus to head back. At a strip club, Alien runs into his rival Big Arch,who warns Alien to stop selling drugs in his territory. Alien ignores him and, in retaliation, Big Arch executes a drive-by shooting on Alien’s car. Cotty is shot in the arm during the confrontation and decides to return home.
With Cotty gone, Alien, Brit, and Candy begin a sexual relationship between the three of them and decide to take revenge on Big Arch. They go to his waterfront mansion in Alien’s boat, but Alien is subsequently killed right as he steps onto the pier. Brit and Candy kill Big Arch and his men, leaving their signature pink ski masks in the water by the dock. The girls then kiss Alien’s dead body, and leave Florida in Big Arch’s Lamborghini.