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Movie review

Girls-gone-wild tale is sad and appalling, but kinda sexy

James Franco stars as Alien in Harmony Korine’s  “Spring Breakers.”  (Michael Muller/A24 Films)
James Franco stars as Alien in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” (Michael Muller/A24 Films)
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Harmony Korine seems to want it both ways, all day, with “Spring Breakers,” his super-stylized descent into a sunbaked hell where bikini-clad, gun-toting college babes serve as our guides. As writer and director, Korine wants us to be appalled and aroused, hypnotized and titillated. He wants to satirize the debauchery of girls gone wild while simultaneously reveling in it. And damned if he doesn’t pull it off. This is the rare movie that I actually ...


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