“Spring Breakers”: A Call to Pray

    As many of you know, the film Spring Breakers was released March 22, 2013, starring a very young and popular cast including Selena Gomez (Disney), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and other familiar faces. The film recaps what a wild and provocative spring break looks like as the girls go through a series of partying, drug use, robbing a restaurant, drinking and other destructive things.

    The film, according to the International Movie Data Base (IMDB), tells the story of

    Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work (IMDB).

    The Los Angeles Times called it “artful sleaze” as well as “lewd, lush and mind-emptying” in a review. The film is rated R and is definitely not fit for younger audiences. Interestingly enough, some of the lead cast members are former Disney stars.

    From the official movie website, the film synopsis is described from view of director Harmony Korine.

    In Spring Breakers, his attention turns to four female co-eds (Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) in an unnamed college town. Desperate to hit the beach, but flat broke, they rob a coffee shop with fake weapons, steal a car, head south and start to party hard. Their fun gets rudely interrupted when the cops bust into their apartment and find things young girls should not be enjoying. Locked up with no bail money, they despair until a local petty gangster (James Franco) springs them. Two of the girls stay with him as his entourage and, ultimately, his hit men; while the other two drop out, exhausted, disoriented and longing to experience that rush of freedom one more time (–note: This website is not appropriate for younger audiences!).

    For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (1 Corinthians 10:3-4).

    PI girls, let us please PRAY for the director, the cast members who have young fans who look up to them, and those who have seen or are going to see this film. It is, according to the “world,” normal to party on spring break, but as believers we need to intercede for these kinds of projects that promote drunkenness, violence, drug use and crude behavior.

    Please pray as people push the limits on what is “normal” or “acceptable.” Obviously, a film tells a story, and whether or not it depicts reality, let it be an example of what we DON’T want to attain and what we want to refrain from doing.

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10).

    Please comment below and say a prayer that God brings more godly, positive, uplifting films. Let’s pray for those unaware of the spirit behind these types of movies.

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. Oh Father! I pray for these young actresses who feel the need to act in a movie such as Spring Breakers! I pray for all the young fan’s that look up to these actresses. I ask that these four girls learn to know how much they are loved in you and that they come to know Jesus. Please help them Father! Amen.

        • I just don’t think art should be censored. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. It’s that simple, really.

        • Then don’t watch it. No one’s forcing you.

          Just because you, personally, disapprove of something doesn’t mean everyone else should, too. It goes both ways. I’m not asking you to like it or say it’s okay. If you feel like you, personally, shouldn’t watch it, more power to you. I’m not judging you for saying no. I’m just saying you shouldn’t condemn the piece just because you don’t like it or shame people who say yes. (I’m not saying that’s what you’re doing, it’s just a friendly suggestion.)

        • I haven`t told anyone else NOT to watch it Eurydice!! That`s my opinion, and you have another one and I respect that!

      • This is not art! This is just plain sick. They are ruining the art in movie making! Making a movie (which movies are a kind of art) with one of disney’s most famous stars (bad decision on Selena’s and Vanessa’s part) in an R rated movie? Not cool!

        • Plus the other two actresses that are quite popular! I didn’t mean to single those two girls out I just don’t know the other ones.

        • Art is always art. Whether it’s good quality art or bad quality art is subjective; it’s all a matter of opinion.

      • Agreed with most of you above. Art can be provocative if it has a meaning or purpose and usually doesn’t go TOO far. This however, is just an excuse to have young girls run around wearing almost nothing. The director hired these young disney girls for the sole reason to get attention and what he didn’t know is that he’s just going to corrupt their young fans. This film is trashy and gross, I’ve seen it at the film festival. Selena and Vanessa weren’t even acting well and the movie overall, even if I ignored all the scandalous parts, was just a bad movie.

    2. Dear Lord, please help these people to know what they are doing, and how it is wrong. Let them know that this new movie is not of you, but of this world! I pray for these very young actresses who have VERY young fans, that they would be careful in what they are doing and what they are watching. These actresses’ fans may not know that this is a bad thing to be watching. Help them to know not to see these horrible things that the actresses are putting otu there. I pray for the director of this movie, that he/she will find you and realize everything. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    3. Dear Heavenly father! I pray you will show these former disney stars fan, what`s a good rolemodel and what`s not. I also pray teens will be more aware of what kind of movies they watch, for movies do influence us. Please show them they do not have to be so immodest to be loved! Amen

    4. Tired of how people are singling out Vanessa and Selena for being in a R rated movie. Um, sorry that they’re not little kids anymore? If you’re going to judge the actresses and actors in this movie, how about all of them?

      I’m actually planning to watch this movie soon, whoops. Heard that it was actually satire on the average wild spring break partying and a look at racism. I’ve heard good things about the other movies Korine has directed so I’m excited to watch.

        • I know its your choice to see it, but like I said before, it seems 100% inapropriate for anyone- Bible based morals or not. I read an article with an interview with Vanessa Hudgens, and how she said that she was excited for a different kind of movie, but she didn’t like being in it, becuase the topless women making out, and the threesome scenes made her so uncomfortable…

        • But they need to know they have a young audience? If they’re going to do movies like this, why would Selena go back to wizards of waverly place and do a movie RIGHT after? That’s like shes condoning the behavior she participates in in Spring Breakres.

      • I do feel like Vanessa and Selena are trying to break out of their Disney image, and they are intentionally going too far with it, I guess they are just tired of being seen as little girls, but being in an R-rated movie isn’t really the right way to do that in my opinion. It feels like they’re.. I dunno.. trying to hard?..

        Honestly, the movie is R-rated for a reason, meaning most kids can’t see it. Last Friday I had my final Drama monologue performance. I was playing a 15 year old girl who was schizofrenic, a psychopat and a murderer. Now, because I play her it does not mean that I agree with what she did. I just find her character development and psyche to be interesting. We as actors find people who do weird and crazy and inapropriate things fun to play. Its always way more interesting than playing a normal character. I mean its not like these actresses are actually doing it, they’re simply playing someone who does that. I personally don’t have any affinity with the characters I play. (Some people do get too much into their role, and then it becomes a very scary situation!) Movies do depict reality, and just ignoring that reality, simply because it’s ‘innapropriate’ by not making movies about it would be limiting for most filmmakers. Not making docu’s/movies about human trafficking, the sex trades in Asia, or how teens go crazy and do bad things and end up regretting those things just because it’s ‘innapropriate’ doesn’t seem like a valid argument to me.Altough sometimes explicit things should be limited for younger audiences. For that reason there is an american (every country has this also btw, my country, Holland has the same thing) rating system for movies. This movie is R-rated, so that young viewers won’t be harmed by that depiction of reality. Sadly, the internet makes it available for pretty much everyone to watch.

        Now on the subject of ‘art’. I remember us having a pretty hard time in phylosophy class pinpointing what art really means. Does it have to have meaning? Does it have to be ‘pretty’ to watch? Now, directors make movies for different reasons. I personally find movies that are there solely to shock pretty distasteful. Some movies are shocking, but carry a meaning, or a way to give the viewers a different perspective (the directors) on a certain topic. In this case its drugs, or so I guess. Sometimes directors make movies simply because they want to make beautiful shots, like nature documentaries (ofcourse this is also for educational purposes. I haven’t yet seen this movie, so I have no idea under which category it falls. But if its only there to shock than it is in my opinion trashy and distasteful. If its there to show the dangers of behaving like a brainless, mindless teen, then yes: Let them show the movie in every single theatre.

    5. I dont judge the actresses who are in the movie just because there in a movie like this does NOT mean they agree with the morals of the movie. I still respect them as much as i did.

      • I don’t disrespect them! And this doesn’t mean that I won’t watch Princess Protection Program either! But I have lost some respect for those girls because they let themselves be subjected to that sort of thing. I don’t judge them. I pray for them.

        • Respect as in thinking that they are good role models. But if you think about it you can’t expect them to be good role models because they don’t know about the love of Christ.

      • Regardless of if they agree or disagree with the morals of the movie, they are still supporting it by acting in it. They were asked to play the roles or they auditioned for the roles. They obviously knew what the movie was about and knew what they were about to be getting into.

    6. Father God, we pray for this movie that others may be aware of what they allow into our hearts God and that the enemy only comes to steal kill and destroy. We pray God that you may bring wisdom to the movie industry, and awareness of what they allow to bring to our society, and may bring uplifting films, God. We thank you God that you are yet always in control. We pray our desire is to glorify you God. We ask this all in Jesus name, Amen!

    7. @eurydice, is someone paying you to speak against the people on this site? I get it, everyone has their own opinion and everyone is allowed to have their own opinions. But while you’re busy expressing yours, you totally insult everyone else’s. No one wants to be dragged down, especially on this site. This site was made to INSPIRE people, but every time I go on, all I see is your negativity. I don’t understand why you read all the articles and critique everything. If you don’t agree with it, don’t go on the site.

        • I get what she is saying! Eurydice, I have only seen negative comments from you. No, we aren’t asking you to not state your opinion but don’t be so black and white, please. You said above about the movie if you don’t like it don’t watch it but it is art right? Writing is an art. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. This is just my opinion and you can do with it as you please. I am not trying to sound harsh or judgmental but I think that all of us girls are getting a little down about all your negative comments. I hope you have a great day Eurydice!

        • Again, what you’re saying is that negative opinions are not welcome. I am well within my rights to disagree with the condemnation of a film none of us have even seen.

        • Nope! That is not what I am saying. What I am saying is that you are to harsh sometimes plus you always post a negative comment! I haven’t seen a positive comment from you in a really long time! I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t need to! I mean it’s R rated for a reason. Plus I did read the review on and I didn’t like it. To much inappropriateness. Anyway! I don’t have a problem with you saying that you don’t agree but you post that on every single post and you don’t say anything positive. You have every right to disagree but like I said: If you don’t like it, Don’t read it. We are all just getting tired of hearing the same thing from the same person every single time.

        • Not asking you to be silenced. I just don’t agree with how your being. You are being super negative and that is not uplifiting for anyone. Not even you! Feel free to state your opinion, but once in a while I would like to see a positive comment from you! I want to know that you enjoy this website, if you don’t then there is a problem!

        • Just because YOU haven’t seen positive remarks from me doesn’t mean they aren’t there…not that it’s any of your business. This is harassment.

        • Ok Eurydice! I am so sorry for ‘harrassing’ you! I am just trying to prove my point, just like you are trying to prove your point. I will let you know that I get your point and that all I was saying is that the pi girls are tired of seeing negative remarks. Have a great rest of the day!

        • And I said that I hadn’t seen a postitive comment from you for a really long time. Not that you have never posted a positive comment.

        • Diverse opinions are fine as long as they are posed in an open and respectful manner. There’s a difference between stating your beliefs, and viciously tearing down those of others’.

    8. Psalm 101:3 “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile..”
      It really is sad, because it is not just wrong for young people, but EVERYONE. This film does no one any good. It would cause men of all ages to stumble by the attire and provocativeness. It also encourages these bad behaviors. I am glad it is rated ‘R’.

    9. Oh my goodness! This is soo sad! All these stars are using their talent to promote bad stuff, and they wonder why teens are soo messed up! These actors are promoting wrong things, that makes us teens think it is ok to do this stuff! That is wrong! 🙁 I am soo ashamed and sad about this!

    10. Dear Father,
      Please help. We have so much trash in this world. We need your help. We ask you watch over the young actresses and actors in Hollywood. They need you so badly, God, it isn’t funny. Be with them, Father and guide them to You. Help Christians, Father, as we go to movie theaters. Give Wisdom to know what we can watch with out harming us. Father, we pray for the unbelievers. Be with us as we tell them about You. Help them to see the truth.
      Thank you God, for your amazing grace and love,
      In Your Name, Amen

    11. This is a movie. It is fiction. There is nothing wrong with watching this movie, and watching this movie should not change the opionion of any of the charactors. Censorship is blindness.

    12. This movie is ick. I mean I’ve seen some R movies but this one isn’t worth watching. Just the trailer is gross and they seem high the whole time. I used to love Selena but lately….. I mean have you seen her video for “come and get it”? No, just no. Plus this movie came out on my birthday 😛
      God bless you guys!

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