Monte Carlo Movie Review

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Monte Carlo Movie Review

Post  rydee on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:45 pm

Here's the sort of hardened show business veteran we have in Selena Gomez, who spent two seasons way back in her preteens on "Barney & Friends." We have the star of Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place." We have the star of Disney's TV movie "Princess Protection Program." We have a hard-working vocalist, whose first album came out in 2009. We have the woman who launched her own Kmart clothing line. Well. Hers and Kmart's.
And here's the nice thing. Unlike a few other well-drilled young actress-singers we could name, such as the one whose name rhymes with "Riley Myrus," Gomez knows how to relax on camera. In "Monte Carlo" she plays Grace, a graduating small-town high school Texas girl who dreams of Paris. That dream comes true, with a caveat: She and fellow waitress pal Meg (Katie Cassidy) end up traveling with a late-addition third wheel, Grace's scold of a stepsister (Leighton Meester).

Adapted from Jules Bass's novel "Headhunters," "Monte Carlo" leans hard in the early going on tiresome bickering between Meg and Emma, characters in the early 20s, while Gomez's 18-year-old Grace keeps the peace even as their package tour starts feeling like a chore. Then, bigger complications: The threesome gets separated from the group after an Eiffel Tower visit. And Grace is mistaken for a snotty British socialite (also played by Gomez), for whom she is a dead ringer.

Then it's off to Monte Carlo on the socialite ruse for boys, boys, boys. Emma falls in with a louche playboy but her heart yearns for her Texas sweetheart (Cory Monteith). Meg, still grieving the death of her mother, finds a sunny Australian (Luke Bracey) to improve her outlook. Grace fakes her way through polo matches and deals with her attraction to a nice French boy (Pierre Boulanger). Disguises, deceptions you could call the narrative of "Monte Carlo" Shakespearean, but I prefer to consider Shakespeare's romantic comedies as "Selena Gomez-esque."

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Re: Monte Carlo Movie Review

Post  MoviezAdda on Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:38 am

I would like to add Overall, I find Monte Carlo entertaining with all its funny antics. But it didn't quite meet my expectations -- what with the half-baked affluence of the setting, its formulaic and hard-to-believe plot, and the love teams that didn't have that tickling sensation one was supposed to get when watching romantic films. The plot is superficial, but it is a romantic comedy anyway so it's supposed to be light in order to serve its purpose of making the audience laugh and quiver..
hope its has more such great reviews..

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