Monte Carlo : Movie Review

Although marketed as tween-baiting pap to secure Disney Channel generation attention, “Monte Carlo” is a softer romantic fantasy, providing a few unexpectedly human moments in the midst of its mischief. Solidly acted and sturdily constructed, the picture offers a mellow display of wish fulfillment, more interested in the inspection of feelings than distributing vapid monkey business.

Fresh out of high school, Grace (Selena Gomez) is eager to visit Paris, teaming up with best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) to tour the City of Lights. While their budget vacation offers them the highlights, a chance encounter with snotty heiress, and Grace’s lookalike, Cordelia (also Gomez) provides the ladies with an opportunity to borrow an identity and take off to Monte Carlo, where luxury awaits. Freaked out over their plan, Grace attempts to stay in character, thrust into a privileged world that offers glamour and the attention of Theo (Pierre Boulanger), a handsome Frenchman. Men are also a concern for Emma, who misses her Texas beau Owen (Cory Monteith), and Meg, finding a connection with rugged Aussie traveler Riley (Luke Bracey).

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Author : brian Orndorf