What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a comedy that takes the concept of spring break to its most outrageous levels. While there is no actual nudity, college-aged girls wear bikinis, tight shorts, thongs, etc. and little else throughout the film. The dialogue is filled with references to body parts, coarse swearing, and crude language, all delivered to get laughs. Sexual episodes include: lots of sexy dancing, passionate kissing, girls kissing, a "threesome," and a glimpse of a gay massage. Kids, having no adult supervision, spend a week dancing, drinking, getting drunk, and letting their libidos run wild. Even the semi-sensible adults, of which there are only a few, get caught up in the rowdy, self-indulgent, never-ending party.
- Families can talk about how real or unreal this spring break is. What are some of the real consequences that might result from the wild behavior? How do you think the relationship between Ashley and her mother changed after spring break? When, if ever, do you think it's acceptable to set aside your values and your sense of right and wrong in order to be accepted by your peers? Discuss how it might feel to be different. What are some things you can do to appreciate your own specialness?