Breaking Spring

Posted: March 21, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized
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I was originally schedules to write about the Croods. That is past now. A more pressing issue (movie) came to my attention. My task has been changed to a much more serious discussion, one that involves the film Spring Breakers with teenager favorites Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. And James Franco.

I have not seen the movie, I confess. I have only seen the trailer. And I hesitate to put it in our website as I usually do. The movie seems to play with the idea of a group of girls doing the usual “let’s get naked and nuts for a week” and somehow they get in some sort of trouble and end up joining James Franco’s gang or something. I did not consider the trailer appropriate for our site, even though it technically does not show much. Even to find a poster that would suit us was a challenge, see below the only one I found. And even that…SpringBreakersPoster

“Come on Emilio, you? Preacher of grace? Brazilian and lover of all things beautiful! Going all prude now? Why so serious? I wanna watch the movie for the crime story behind it all!”

Right. Just like you read Playboy for the great interviews.

Spring break has become sort of an young American institution (no, we do not have it in Brazil). It is in some senses a preview of the Summer to come; but much more intense and taking place over the course of only a few days rather than a few weeks; therefore, party hard, time is a wasting. It has become sort of a parenthesis on normal life; a time when normal rules are suspended, when libido takes over and alcohol substitutes coca-cola as the normal fluid we take (some prefer water).

We hear warnings about going all nuts in Spring Break, and the movie seems to play with some of them. We are advised that the reason to stay home and catch up with the studies or perhaps do something more wholesome are:

– Be careful on Spring Break, you will get AIDS

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may lose all your money

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may lose your virginity

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may get pregnant

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in jail

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in Reno

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may be killed by a faceless maniac

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in bed with a dude

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may max your credit card

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may do things that shall not be named

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may OD

Now, those are all good reason to avoid going crazy on Spring Break vacations. Nobody thinks that venereal diseases, debt or imprisonment are good things.  Yet, they do not quite convince us in and of themselves. Because, really, if this life is all that there is, let’s eat, and drink and be merry, as an apostle once said.  If there is nothing more than this life, than VDs are an acceptable price because of the things we gain in hard partying.

Why should I not become a crazy spring breaker then? It has to do with my older brother. I will tell you more tomorrow.

 

 

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