I admit. The first time I saw the promotional image for this movie, I immediately dismissed it as just another platform for young actresses to try and convince us hat they have outgrown the Disney title. Yes, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover is very misleading (and hot) and I don’t think I’m at fault for thinking that way. In fact, all signs point to them having guided our expectations to make us think it’s just another typical girls-gone-bad-vacation movie. After having seen the trailer though, color me impressed and optimistic. But what really grabbed me about this project aren’t the girls, but James Franco’s turn as a drug dealer with corn rows and some blinding grills named, you guessed it, Alien. I didn’t even know it was him until I saw the trailer and my mind was blown. He’s got a really slimy vibe going on here, and is really convincing as a thirty-something year old drug dealer who’s never outgrown his glory days.
Here’s the synopsis for the movie, courtesy of IMDB.
Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
And here’s the trailer.
So yes, it IS another girls-gone-bad vacation movie, but it doesn’t look anywhere near typical. It certainly has all the tropes, but it looks to be exploring the genre, kind of like “The Cabin in the Woods” but with a more serious tone. Add Vanessa Hudgens, drug dealer James Franco, and some sick dubstep to what already looks like an interesting social commentary and you can be sure that I’ll be in line to watch this movie on March 22nd.
Written by Daniel Lee