Much of the 'Spring Breakers' backdrop was shot in Pinellas County, but it's anything but the PG version we see day-to-day.
The R-rated movie opens today and stars ex-Disney gals Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, plus James Franco and enough guns and drugs to keep a cartel happy.
One of the scenes, a beach concert, was shot in St. Pete Beach behind the Undertow Beach Bar.
"It is going to be very exciting to see our bar on camera. Hopefully it brings in good business and good people," said bartender Taryn Constance.
Another scene, full of skin and grinding, takes place at the pool owned by the Coral Reef Resort. It's quiet today; in the film, though, its spring break gone wild.
"Everybody is pretty excited to see it...it was a lot of fun," said front office manager Jerry Jones.
The movie is basically about four college girls who pay for their spring break by robbing a store. It won't appeal to everyone, but some spring breakers say they want to see it to check out how Hollywood highlights Tampa Bay.
"Just to tell friends I've been there," said Tejay Chaffee, from Michigan.
And as for the dark side of spring break, and the over-the-top debauchery?
"We're in Florida," Constance continued. "Girls are in bikinis riding scooters every day, so what do you expect?"
"I believe it was a real party going on because I was in the middle of it and I did get splashed with real alcohol," said Tampa movie critic Joe Belcastro.
Belcastro walked on to the set.
"It was just a big spring break party that day, shooting. I saw the typical college shenanigans, drinking, funneling. I saw things with popsicles I didn't think were possible," he laughed.
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