The article attempts to examine Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and scrutinizes some of the film’s key themes while recognizing it as a precious, multilayered satire of late capitalist society. The film is much more than just a hyper-stylized anthropological journey into the heart of spring break at the beaches of Florida. It is a hypnotic satire of the collective hallucination beating to the rythm of Skrillex, a reflection of the Millennials generation, a beach neon-noir and a reinterpretation of the gangster genre. It is a doomed search for the American dream and a lesson in ruthless competition dictated by the free market. It is an evocation of the class, racial and sex war in contemporary America. It is both a love letter and a condemnation to pop cultural mythology and both an inversion and a homogeneous continuation of Korine’s opus. But above all, Spring Breakers is one of the most consistent film representations of hyperrality and at the same time its constitutive fragment.
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