Within the first few minutes the tone is set with a beautifully choreographed rendition of the epitome of spring break for the Y-Generation. The beer bongs, slo-motion topless chicks, and yes of course, all pieced together by dub-step and big base.
The story begins with a group of girls that have known each other since kindergarten. Three are typical pot smoking, occasional cocaine using, party-hungry freshmen while one other is holding onto her spiritual beliefs; her name coincidentally being Faith. One thing they all share is the boredom. The repetition of college life in the middle of nowhere USA is making them insane. They need a trip out of this vicious cycle, the problem is they are all broke college students.
After a well devised plan and role playing, they acquire the funds to make it on a bus to St. Pete, Florida. As expected, the festivities begin and a captivating array of beaches and hotel pool party montages begin. They want to live in that moment forever.
The feeling of invincibility takes hold and they inevitably get arrested for hosting a smorgasbord of underage drinking, drugs, and destruction. They are booked briefly, until Alien a locally famous white rapper/drug dealer takes them under his wing. The mirage of this spring break paradise begins to dissipate almost immediately, and things are “about to get real”.
Harmony Korine uses foreshadowing techniques that are likely placed for the re-watch. These identical scenes are stacked consecutively from different angles at very chaotic times building the anticipation of the audience. The colors and lighting set the the tone of the scene, acting as a bridge to any emotional uncertainty. After watching the film in its entirety, the viewer will never think of the song “Everytime” by Britney Spears the same way again.