Ranking Cinema’s Spring Breaks From Worst to Best

Harmony Korine’s controversial Spring Breakers goes into limited release today, just in time for the titular event (it goes wide next week). Reviews thus far have, for the most part, been overwhelmingly positive — to the befuddlement of your Flavorwire, since we found the film to be both a mixed bag quality-wise and a little troublesome from a messaging point of view. Then again, it could just be a matter of expectations — viewers aren’t just surprised that a Korine movie is sort of accessible, but that a movie about spring break isn’t just all-out terrible. You see, it’s not an event with a rich cinematic history; most movies about spring break are, for lack of a better word, stinky. But if you’d like to get in the mood for Spring Breakers, or just enjoy the debauchery from the safe and (presumably) STD-free confines of your living room, here’s a round-up of spring break in cinema, ranked from worst to (relative) best.

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

YEAR: 1988
DIRECTOR: Alan Myerson
CAST: Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook

IN A NUTSHELL: Even Steve Guttenberg had bolted for the door of this inexplicably successful franchise by the time number five, which finds the crew in Miami Beach for a police convention during spring break, came around.

THE CRITICS RAVE: “There oughta be a law… 5 is a comic assault, batteries not included, an insufferable collage of coarse slapstick vignettes.” – Rita Kempley, The Washington Post