Stop whatever else you’re focusing on and focus on this. Spring Breakers is getting a sequel starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Harmony Korine. The Beach Bum is an “irreverent comedy” that will follow McConaughey’s misadventures.
Let’s run down why this is the best news ever in a week, month and year in desperate need of some light. First, the Spring Breakers trailers are probably the greatest series of teasers that have ever been released. Look at this and tell me it isn’t a masterpiece.
The original film, starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Gucci Mane and Rachel Korine, was hilarious in spurts and delivered 75-percent of the promise of the trailer. Alien’s (James Franco) monologue is a masterclass in character and bonkers scene work. If I recall, I was cackling throughout this whole thing.
Gucci Mane’s performance also needs to be noted. For example: Gucci Mane literally fell asleep during his sex scene.
“So we’re shooting the sequence, and as he is getting fucked, I start to hear snores,” Korine told Vulture. “He had literally passed out! And she was riding his dick the whole time. I’d never in my life filmed a sex scene where the dude was sleeping … and she was on top of him for a good 45 minutes.”
Gucci’s reaction to sleeping through the scene was even more priceless.
“At the end, he woke up and was like, ‘I feel real nice. I feel like Mozart’s on my dick.’ And that was it, and he went back to sleep.”
I mean, come on. Iconic.
But let’s step back for a moment and talk about the miracle that was the original film. While the movie was about beautiful young women in a sleazy paradise, the movie never took an objectifying point of view. This was about their pleasure, their desire and their sexuality. Even when they have a threesome with Franco’s Alien, it starts with them threatening him with guns and Alien simulating a blowjob on the barrel before they sleep together. When the women attack Gucci Mane’s house at the end of the film, they’re the ones that initiate the violence and dominate the situation. And, best of all, they get away clean. This isn’t a movie about punishing women for their sexuality. This is a movie unafraid of sex, violence and humor.
Similarly, the McConaughey-starring Magic Mike is literally also about women’s desire. Though that film follows men, the whole film is an exploration of how men operate when they’re the ones being objectified by women. In fact, I’ve only been in one theater in which women were actively clapping and hooting about naked men on screen. That was Magic Mike and it was the most liberating and joyous experiences I’ve ever had at the movies.
So combining those two worlds is a surefire recipe for success.
If you’d like to relive more of the 2013 hype cycle, Korine gave probably the best Reddit AMA of all time. Unfortunately, this is all we’ll have to tide us over until The Beach Bum comes out next year.
Spring break forever.