What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are in Spring Breakers, it's absolutely not appropriate for teens. This is a hard-R film from controversial director Harmony Korine (Kids), and it explores the naivete of college students who expect spring break to be an otherworldy, life-changing experience. There's constant, overt sexuality (including three-way sex scenes and lots of toplessness), substance abuse (mostly marijuana and cocaine), swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and violence. People die from being shot and are injured with bullet wounds. Underage men and women are arrested and indulge in sexual acts with strangers they've just met. Bottom line? Every terrible thing that a parent could imagine happening during spring break is unflinchingly on display in this envelope-pushing satire of teen comedies.
  • Families whose teens do see Spring Breakers may want to discuss how it portrays teenage sexuality and substance abuse. What message is it intending to send? Do you think that message gets through to teen viewers?
  • What do you think of Hudgens and Gomez starring in this film when they still have tween and young teen fans? Does it change how you think of them as actresses? Do you think actresses who start out acting in kids' programming have a responsibility to be careful with their career choices?
  • What alternatives are there to the "booze and booty"-filled spring break scene? Talk about some guidelines for high school and college spring break trips -- and real-life cases of spring breaks going terribly wrong.
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