Synopsis: A group of college friends head to Florida for Spring Break to escape their boring lives and end up hanging out with a local drug dealer and gangster.
Stan's thoughts: There is one thing I liked about this film and that was James Franco, probably the most versatile actor of his generation. Here he plays the drug dealer Alien and when he arrives in the story, it starts to get interesting. You never know what his motives are and he uses his charm to manipulate.
There is one particular scene when one of the girls starts feeling uncomfortable with how their holiday is turning out and decides to go home. Alien tries to charm her into stay and it is extremely uncomfortable watching. Had to stop myself shouting at the screen 'run home now and don't look back'.
As to the rest of the film its repetitive use of partying images quickly became nauseating and I did start to wonder about the motives of the director in having quite so many boob and bum shots.
I was also left wondering what we are to take from the story, that it is OK to rob, vandalise and murder on the path to self-discovery as long as you promise your parents you will be a better person? Ultimately it is a vacant and contrived film trying to masquerade as something arty, deep and meaningful.
- Stan's 40% (purely for James Franco)
- IMDB 65%
- Metascore 63%
- Rotten Tomatoes 65%