You can be sure that Snooki and the gang are going to go all out in celebration of the seasons turning from winter to spring, but you should complement the “Jersey Shore” weekend madness by watching other people party on the big screen.
After the jump, we’ve listed five films — diverse films — featuring some of the most memorable spring vacations in cinema history.
“From Justin to Kelly”
Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini aren’t just the first “American Idol” winner and runner-up — they’re also the first of the show’s many contestants to bring their singing stardom to movie theaters in “From Justin to Kelly,” a love story about not just the titular “Idol” stars, but several other spring break vacationers that fall for one another in grand musical fashion.
“Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise”
Whoever said that geeks can’t party obviously never saw “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.” The fraternity folk of Lambda Lambda Lambda head to Fort Lauderdale for a national conference, leading to a whole mess of drunken debauchery and a confrontation between the Lewis Skolnick-led Tri-Lambs and the jocks of Alpha Beta.
The members of Lambda Lambda Lambda aren’t the only nerds who know how to enjoy a spring vacation, as Nelson, Adam, Stu and O.T. traveled to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale long before the “Nerds” in the appropriately titled “Spring Break.” Directed by “Friday the 13th” helmer Sean S. Cunningham, “Spring Break” is certainly a far cry from that supernatural serial killer franchise — but what it lacks in buckets of blood in makes up for in booze and babes.
“Spring Break Shark Attack”
What’s one way to ruin a perfect spring break? A pack of flesh-hungry sharks, that’s what. Incidentally, it’s also one way to make the hilariously bad “Spring Break Shark Attack” into such a watchable piece of telemovie history. Starring the likes of Shannon Lucio and Riley Smith, “Shark Attack” has just about all of the cheesy sex and violence you’d hope for from a movie with such a ridiculous title. It’s not quite “Snakes on a Plane,” but it’s not that far off, either.
“The Fifth Element”
Technically, I’m not sure that “The Fifth Element” counts as a spring break movie — we’re not entirely certain what time of year it is when the Great Evil comes to Earth — but Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) is nonetheless the lucky winner of a free trip to Fhloston Paradise, essentially the outer space equivalent of Acapulco, so I’m going to go ahead and count it. Besides, only during spring break could a blue alien opera singer wander around a cruise ship with mythical stones inside her belly and nobody (except the hostage-taking Mangalores) even blinks.
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