'Spring Breakers,' more movie spring flings
Spring break these days seems like one big "Girls Gone Wild" video -- a conceit that filmmaker/provocateur Harmony Korine explores to the extreme in "Spring Breakers," with Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine playing co-eds on a crime spree. One thing's for sure: It won't be the last movie to use spring break as its backdrop. Here are six others:
WHERE THE BOYS ARE (1960) -- The film that solidified spring break in the American consciousness, this coming-of-age comedy starring Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimieux and Dolores Hart helped turn Fort Lauderdale into Spring Break Central for a couple of decades -- and its unexpectedly mature story of premarital sex and date rape was analyzed by no less than Camille Paglia in her essay "It's a Jungle Out There." Then there's Francis' hit title song!
GIRL HAPPY (1965) -- As Rusty Wells, leader of a small-time rock combo, Elvis Presley plays chaperone to a mobster club-owner's daughter (Shelley Fabares). After wacky complications and a few songs, they fall in love.
SPRING BREAK (1983) -- Four unknowns, then and now, starred in this R-rated beach comedy from Sean S. Cunningham, better known as the horror director-producer of the "Friday the 13th" franchise.
FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003) -- This time capsule from the 2000s, starring "American Idol" season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini as meet-cute spring-breakers, won the Golden Raspberry Awards' "Worst 'Musical' of Our First 25 Years."
SPRING BREAK SHARK ATTACK (TV movie 2005) -- Exactly what it sounds like. The only question is why this schlock ran on CBS and not Syfy. Kathy Baker and Bryan Brown are the grown-ups among the kids. And it did inspire the name of the Baton Rouge band Spring Break Shark Attack! (with exclamation point).
SPRING BREAK MASSACRE (made 2008; released 2010) -- In this direct-to-video horror comedy, an escaped serial killer (Reggie Bannister, the evil Tall Man in the "Phantasm" movies) stalks six co-eds (including scream queen Linnea Quigley). It's no "Slumber Party Massacre" (1982) or "Sorority House Massacre" (1986).