Harmony Korine's new film has a surreal take on the mayhem that often accompanies American students' wild annual trips.

This article titled “Drink, drugs, and the hyper-sexual: the dark heart of ‘spring break'” was written by Edward Helmore in New York, for The Observer on Sunday 24th March 2013 00.06 UTC

Four pretty girls in swimsuits doing wrong in an orgy of lust and violence: it’s an all-American movie fantasy to cheer any Hollywood executive.

In the hands of Harmony Korine, the rebellious auteur behind the ground-breaking Kids, and featuring Disney starlets Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as well as James Franco, Spring Breakers promises to be one of the most unusual, challenging mainstream films of the season.

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