no punishment like in Alpha Dog.
Of course Alpha Dog was also based on a true story.
I mentioned Kids earlier, and while I think Spring Breakers might have a more heightened tone, it too is all about these characters enjoying their lives. Kids was controversial because it followed a large group of mostly asshole teenagers living it up in New York City, but didn't really make any judgment against these characters, despite the fact that at one point a large group of them savagely beat a man. The movie too isn't really played as a cautionary tale, even though by the end of the movie, at least three characters end up getting HIV. But what makes the movie compelling is that the characters are completely unguarded in the way they talk and behave. It's like you're eavesdropping on their conversations, and there isn't a moment where you think the filmmakers are holding back.
But there is also a certain fetishizing of youth to the movie. It introduced audiences to Rosario Dawson, and Chloë Sevigny, and there are (as far as I can recall) no adult characters in the movie. Some felt it was glorified child pornography, even though I don't think there was any nudity in it. Although, as you'll see in the trailer, you get shots of shirtless guys pumping iron, of teenagers making out, and smoking weed, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myzec1dgSqc
And looking at promo shots of Spring Breakers, they seem to have a lot of the young stars of the movie in bikinis, hanging out, and drinking. It kind or reminds me of ads for American Apparel, where they have these young models, in sexual provocative photo shoots.