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The packaged Paris tour that Grace diligently booked begins with dampened expectations, and soon hits rock bottom. But a change is about to blow through in the unlikely form of spoiled British socialite Cordelia Winthrop Scott. After watching Cordelia throw a small tantrum in a grand hotel, where they've ducked in out of the rain, the girls are stunned to notice that Grace is a dead ringer for the bratty heiress. With some encouragement (make that insistence) from Emma, Grace decides to attempt to pull off a brazen masquerade.
Adventure Comedy Romantic - This is a comedy aimed at the older pre-teen and teen female audience. Fans of the three female leads, especially Selena Gomez, will be pleased. Cory Monteith fans may be disappointed by his fairly small role. The film is fairly clean viewing for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Monte Carlo' is a harmless, innocuous tween fantasy that seems constructed out of bits and pieces of movies that we must surely have seen before, but can't quite place because there's nothing much to remember.
USA TodayFull Review Average Monte Carlo is all about déjà vu, cobbling together elements from so many other sources it feels like movie stew.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 63 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Most of the kids loved "Monte Carlo." A fair number did rate it somewhat low which is unusual for kids. They tend to love the last movie they see.
TEENS:GREAT REVIEWS from the teens! Nearly all of them loved it and the few that didn't still rated it above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one male and most of the females rated it very high.
ADULTS:There aren't enough reviews in this age group to be very accurate but it appears that adults really enjoyed "Monte Carlo." About a third loved it and half enjoyed it very much. The rest rated it average so no one disliked it. For this type of movie I would say these are very good reviews. "Monte Carlo" would make a great mother daughter movie date.
Freshly minted high school grad Grace (Selena Gomez) and best friend Emma (Katie
Cassidy) are jettisoning their waitress jobs in Texas for a trip to Paris. But
Grace's killjoy stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) is involuntarily installed as
chaperone by Grace's mother (Andie MacDowell) and soon-to-be stepfather (Brett
Cullen). Meanwhile, Emma's boyfriend, Owen (Cory Monteith), is trying to put the
kibosh on the trip altogether with a ring and proposal.
Grace and Emma, however, will not be deterred from crème brulee by the Seine,
and soon enough, the two friends, with Megan in tow, arrive in France.
Ah, Paris…the lights...the boulevards...the…
Sorry, no time for that! Scurried past famed landmarks by a hyperactive tour
guide, and discouraged by their "luxury" accommodations and frequent tiffs, the
trio's spirits sag like the behinds of knit-panted American tourists.
Fortunes change, however, when Grace is mistaken for British socialite Cordelia
Winthrop Scott. When the girls inadvertently take possession of Cordelia's
invitation to a ritzy charity ball in Monte Carlo, they seize the moment,
indeed, the entire week, by ditching their hopeless packaged tour, and heading
south. With carte blanche to the socialite's grand suite, clothing and
accessories (including a $4 million necklace), they embark on a romantic
adventure of yacht parties, polo matches and highly eligible bachelors. But when
the necklace goes missing and the real Cordelia unexpectedly arrives, Grace,
Emma and Meg have to rely on all their southern charm, wit and bravado to keep
their sugarcoated vacation from turning into a full Monte meltdown.