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'Spring Breakers,' more movie spring flings

From left, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson,

From left, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens in "Spring Breakers." Credit: Handout

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).


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