Spring Break features Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens

Spring Breakers, the newest phantasmagoria from enfant weird, Harmony Korine, is exceeding box office expectations after a big spring break weekend; and the momentum doesn’t appear to be waning. The film centers around four hotties who finance their spring break bacchanalia through armed robbery and go on a girls-gone-wild-with-guns-style party! Notably, former Wizards of Waverly Place star, Selena Gomez and High School Musical sweetheart, Vanessa Hudgens bring the box office bang to what would normally be an independent/arthouse film.

So, why would two former Disney sweethearts participate in this kind of material? Well, for Selena’s part she says she took the role based on her mother’s advise: “She’s super into indie movies and indie directors … I think it was more of her pushing me and being like, you should go for it.” For her own part, Vanessa Hudgens says the experience was “freeing and liberating portraying such strong, empowered characters.”

 Okay, is anyone here uncomfortable (or maybe extremely comfortable) with these teenage megastars feeling the need to shed their “good girl” images at such a young age? To be more accurate, Selena is twenty years old, and Vanessa is twenty four–which is older than the age of the characters we’re used to seeing them portray. These adult women have grown up before the American public, but it’s pretty clear to anyone with eyes that they both look very young–especially Selena who continues to look all of sixteen. Selena in particular still has a predominantly young fan base due to her ginormous popularity as the “family wizard” Alex on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly franchise. In fact, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex aired on the Mouse House the same day the raunchy, adult-themed Spring Breakers hit theaters. Selena confessed she worries about her impressionable young fans, “There’s gonna be the intrigued pre-teens that are gonna want to sneak in and see the movie, and that’s obviously something I can’t control.”

What do you think? Should these young women feel any responsibility to project more wholesome/less racy roles to their young impressionable fans; or is it ridiculous for them to stunt their career choices simply because they are role models to multitudes of youngsters? What would you do?