Comments about ‘Disney star Selena Gomez goes risque; R-rated film's director had children in mind’

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Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 4:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

So disappointing. The only thing that is sadder is that most of her fan base will keep cheering her on.

West Jordan, UT

I don't know why this should surprise anyone. It's the same thing that every Disney star does, once they've decided to move out from under the Magic Kingdom's umbrella. They want to shake the "wholesome" good child persona, and show that they're willing to do anything. So, they pick a role that is a full 180 from whatever they've done on the Disney Channel. I think Hilary Duff has been the one exception, but even she's not really acting much these days.

Durham, NC

We've seen this show before, and we know how it ends. Even Meg Ryan, who was as bankable as anyone, lost her brand after doing s couple of more "mature" themed films, and nwo couldn't get a role if she needed one.

What next, rehab... baby... what else does Salena have instore for us to prove she is "all grown up" now.

Springville, UT


Spanish Fork, UT

What these girls don't understand about their "Brand" is that as parents we let our kids watch things that are appropriate for children, not because we want them to be good children, but because we want them to become good adults. Going from a good child to a skanky adult sends a horrible message and she is likely to kill her brand by doing this. From every angle this is a dumb move on her part. Parents won't support her for their kids to watch. From a business perspective her brand equity just took a nose dive. And from "Hollywood carreer" standpoint, what serious actress ever advanced their carreer by performing in a "Spring Break" film? It's not like it's destined to become a classic. It will have one weekend of decent sales as everyone who wants to see her scantily dressed goes, then some video sales, then it will be lost in the obscurity of mediocre/bad films. Directors think that just because it's been committed to film it's art. They couldn't be more wrong.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

I won't be seeing this silly movie.
How about a follow up piece on how the film does in Utah theaters?
I'm betting it will be a big success. After all, the purveyors of online porn know they can count on Utah to buy their product at a level far above the national average -- more per capita than just about any other state.

Lindon, UT

Anything for money, and a few more minutes of fame. This is like a drug for these people, and the addiction can ruin them. Sad, but we might as well get used to it, as long as the people clamor for this stuff, they will keep making it, and the young stars will keep being targeted for these roles. As if there aren't already enough Lindsey Lohan's in the world.

Open Mind
Taylorsville, UT

She joins the ranks of miley cyrus, lindsay lohan, britney spears, the list goes on..

Salt Lake City, UT

I love the high and mighty comments on this board. The fact of the matter is, this is the gamble a lot of former Child/Teen actresses have to take.

In Hollywood you are not taken seriously as an actor if you maintain a wholesome image. Look at any of the top paid/billed actors in Hollywood and you'll see resumes full of racy work.

Lots of the biggest actors in Hollywood made the jump with racy teen/college-age movies such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused, both of which helped bolster those young actors careers to stardom.

Also, actors take risky parts to try and break the mold of their type-cast; to show their potential. They also try to take roles that are very different from their previous work to refine their craft.

Actresses like Sally Field and Jodi Foster did the same thing to try and shake their "wholesome" child/teen images and to receive roles that would bring them critical acclaim.

Dakota Fanning is currently going through the same process, as well.

Also, actresses are continually fighting time, you can only play young and cute for so long.

Salt Lake, UT

this movie is not geared for children hence the R rating. Now if a parent lets their kid see the movie, then that is up to them.
She has come out and said the movie is not good for her young fans and has also said they should not go and see it. As an actress she can not stay in Disney roles if she want any kind of lasting career.
Don't worry Disney is prepping new young stars to suite your needs. The older Disney stars will go out and try different roles to see what works for them and keeps them in the business they want to be in.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Harumpf! When is Hollywood going to get a clue?
It's a sign of the times. No past civilizations every did anything like this. That's for sure.

West Jordan, Utah

Good thing I taught my kids Selena is a fake.

Layton, UT


Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

I'm proud of her! Good job Selena!

Riverdale, UT

Article quote: "It’s maybe taboo to say this but I made the movie for those kids to see as well," Korine said. "I don’t know what age groups will be allowed to watch the movie, but I was thinking about them as much as anyone".....yeah...hoping that "those kids" wouldn't check the reviews and go see his film so he can make a fast buck off them. Why else would he have so many popular teen stars. Classic "bait and switch"

Cache county, USA

It's called money.

Sandy, UT

So I wonder what Barney feel about Selena Gomez? This may be silly but she should have not played that role.

American Fork, UT

This is the normal career path of the squeaky cleans. Next is meltdown, then rehab. Anyway, It's rated R. Worse than that, I suspect it's a really bad movie. So, here's a thought. Exercise that agency of yours, and don't see it. Don't send the kids, either.

Shelley, ID

"In Hollywood you are not taken seriously as an actor if you maintain a wholesome image."

But why do I want my kids to think of Hollywood's images of what they think is "cool" as actually BEING cool or good? There are alternatives to Hollywood's world - there are good and decent people in this world. There is more than one "reality". Real people work, live, have families, do what is right for the right reason, serve others, sacrifice for others, and life is good. Hollywood's concept of what the world is like is actually very skewed. Having a "wholesome image" isn't wrong - and those who walk away from it don't exactly have easy carefree lives - they experience some pretty horrible things. Why? Just to be like Hollywood?

Saint George, UT

Justme001, the movie IS geared for kids. It doesn't matter that the MPAA gave it an "R" rating. The director intended the storyline, the clothing, the themes, and the actions to be viewed by children; and cast those girls for that very reason. The director wanted children to see their role models (specifically young women) as sexually free and sexually active; just like he wants the children to be for whom it was written.

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