“Spring Breakers” is a 2013 crime drama that follows four college students, Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson), Cotty (Rachel Corine), and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), as they struggle to raise money. to leave for a wild spring break. In desperation and under the influence of cocaine, Candy, Cotty and Brit decide to rob a restaurant to recover the funds. They then head to St. Petersburg, Florida for their trip and get arrested for possession of narcotics. A man who calls himself Alien (James Franco) suspiciously bails them out, eventually dragging all but Faith into the drug trade and a minor gang war. At the end of the film, after Cotty returns home due to injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting, Candy and Brit kill Alien’s rival gang after he is shot and killed. They then drive home in Alien’s Lamborghini.
This was certainly a very serious and dramatic turn for Hudgens after his previous roles in PG blockbusters at PG-13 and his time as a Disney star. Since that time, not only Hudgens appeared in “Gigi” on Broadway, but she recently had a supporting role alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys for Life” and Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick…BOOM!” It looks like more musical theater is in store for Hudgens as well, as she said Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show during the press for “tick, tick…BOOM!” that musical theater is what makes her happiest.