While recently in St. Petersburg, FL on vacation, I had the opportunity to visit some prominent locations from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, one of my favorite American films of recent years. First, I headed to B&M Country Cooking, which “played” the chicken shack that three of the young female protagonists (Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) rob in order to fund their spring-break excursion. The restaurant in the world of the film is located out-of-state but in reality it can be found in a working-class area of St. Pete. It’s also the subject of one of the film’s best shots: a Gun Crazy-like traveling shot from the P.O.V. of a getaway car as it circles the chicken shack while the robbery, which can be seen through the restaurant’s large plate-glass windows, is occurring inside.
Next I headed over to Sunshine Food and Gifts. This undistinguished convenience-store parking lot is where the three girls re-enact their crime for the benefit of their goody two-shoes friend (Selena Gomez). Hit me, baby, one more time!
Then I visited Lake Maggiore Park. This is the first stop where Alien, James Franco’s white rapper/drug-dealer character, takes the girls after springing them from prison.
Finally, I headed over to the Sirata Beach Resort. This arcade is depicted in the montage scene where Alien and the girls are robbing spring breakers to the strains of Britney Spears’ “Everytime.” Who can forget the blood spraying out of that extra’s mouth after Alien pistol-whips him in slow motion?