Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is essentially a movie without a purpose.
It’s a sensationalized film about sensationalism, and while it gets away with very little in the way of plot or character growth for much of the film, the ending seems to cast away any sense of obligation to make a grander point one way or the other about youth culture and depravity.
Spring Breakers is shot like a music video. It’s cut like a music video. Its characters think they’re in a music video.
Taking their cues from MTV, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens’ characters spend no mental energy at all on anything but image.