10 Films That Want You To HATE Them

8. Spring Breakers (2012)

Spring Breakers
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Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is a profoundly misunderstood animal if there ever was one, but, make no mistake, it is meant to make you hate it.

Four female college students (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and the director's wife, Rachel Korine) rob a diner, go on spring break and three out of four vow never to go back ("Spring break fo' eva!"), getting in deep with drug dealer Alien (James Franco), and an eternal life of crime.

Everything, from the dubstep, to the neon colour palette, to Franco's redneck amateur rapper, to the sheer baselessness of the central characters' lives and concerns, is calibrated to elicit maximum distaste from its audience.

But, where so many films glorify rampant consumerism and an all-out hedonistic lifestyle of partying, sex and drugs, Spring Breakers exaggerates the lot and says surely this isn't what you really want, is it?

It challenges the viewer, who is caught either outright despising the lifestyles depicted on screen, and so hating the film; or admitting that they actually want the lifestyles depicted on screen, and so hating the film.

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Writer, editor and lifelong critic of test screenings, money men and films-by-committee. Currently seeking representation for his transgressive, class-conscious coming-of-age novel Everbloom.