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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