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Monte Carlo

Released

Latest Home Video

Oct 18, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

109

Director

Thomas Bezucha

Cast

Selena Gomez

Leighton Meester

Katie Cassidy

Studio

2011 Twentieth Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: Monte Carlo.

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OverallB
ViolenceB+
SexB+
LanguageB
Drugs/AlcoholB
Run Time109

Making the Grades

Monte Carlo is the classic prince and the pauper plot where some lucky soul (in this case a recent high school graduate) gets to experience the lavish life of the rich and famous. It’s a well worn and predictable storyline but who hasn’t daydreamed about exchanging his or her mundane existence for the royal treatment in some exotic location.

Working as a waitress in a small Texas town, Grace Bennett (Selena Gomez) has saved all her tips for a trip to Paris with her coworker Emma (Katie Cassidy), a pretty blonde with big aspirations who dropped out of high school to model for the cover of a coupon circular. At the very last minute, Grace’s mother and stepfather (Andie MacDowell, Brett Cullen) announce they are sending her uptight older stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) along as a chaperone. It’s a low blow to both girls who aren’t at all interested in forming a sibling relationship.

Despite Grace’s anticipation, the trip proves disastrous—especially after the tour bus leaves the girls behind at the Eiffel Tower. But while trudging back in the rain to their run down lodgings, Grace is mistaken for the socialite Cordelia Winthrop Scott, a snobbish but fabulously wealthy young heiress who has tarnished her reputation with some unbecoming behaviors. Whisked up in the moment, Grace and her friends play along, taking advantage of a free night in a luxurious suite before boarding a private jet bound for Monte Carlo. Once there, the game is on as the trio attempts to keep up the charade while attending functions specifically orchestrated for Cordelia.

Unfortunately, their means of getting to Monte Carlo—namely lying—are hardly commendable despite the good impression the girls make on the stuffy upper crust socialites. It seems though, that if anyone can do damage control for the churlish Cordelia, it would be the likeable Grace who quickly endears herself to Theo (Pierre Boulanger), the son of the influential philanthropist (Christophe Malavoy). To lessen the seriousness of the girls’ falsehoods, the filmmakers go all out to justify the travelers’ actions by making Cordelia so nasty no one would think of reproving these nice Texas girls from taking advantage of her. Even the Monaco police refuse to lay charges of identity theft or unlawful confinement.

On the positive side, Grace, Meg and Emma learn many of the life lessons any good adventure should provide, like an appreciation for home and one another. As well, each of the girls discovers some important things about herself and fortunately without a lot of unsuitable content for younger viewers.

Though Monte Carlo still suggests that life is better in a suite at the Hotel de Paris than it is in a second-rate room on the shadier side of town, it eventually acknowledges that living a lie isn’t worth it, no matter how nice the accommodations are.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Monte Carlo.

This movie is based on the novel Headhunters by Jules Bass.

What are the challenges of living in the shadow of a highly successful parent? Why does Theo feel like he is not making any contributions?

How does Prince Domenico (Giulio Berruti) refer to the serving staff at his dinner on the yatch? How does that affect Emma’s feelings about him? What does she do as a result of his comment? What does this film say about different classes of people?

Is there a difference between stealing and seizing an opportunity? How does the film justify the girls’ lies? Should there be some kind of punishment for their actions? What would be appropriate?

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Monte Carlo.

Thanks to a similarity in appearance, a poor boy takes the place of the heir to the throne in the classic tale, The Prince and the Pauper. Audrey Hepburn’s character does the reverse and sneaks away from the pressures of being a princess to enjoy a pleasant day as a peasant in Roman Holiday. Wanting to be accepted by her peers, a young girl lies about her true identity in Camp Rock. Another couple find themselves in trouble after they pretend to be someone else and take their dinner reservations in Date Night.

Scenes from Cary Grant and Grace Kelly’s movie To Catch a Thief are shown on the hotel television.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB G Mature Theme.
ON G
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Monte Carlo...

Home Video Notes: Monte Carlo

Release Date: 18 October 2011

Monte Carlo releases to home video on October 18, 2011

MONTE CARLO on DVD offers:

- Feature Film

- Deleted Scenes: Meet Madame Valery, Pont Des Arts Bridge, Try on the Dior, Owen Plays Soccer, Owen at Sacre-Coeur, Alicia Confronts Cordelia and Cordelia’s Fate.

- Monte Carlo Match Up

- Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo

- Backstage Pass

- Theatrical Trailer

 

MONTE CARLO on Blu-ray + Digital Copy includes all of the above, plus:

- Monte Carlo Couture

- Jet Setter’s Dream

- Gossip with the Girls

- Digital Copy “How To”

- Live Extras: Theatrical Trailer, Live Lookup and Digital Copy

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2prtygirls says: Jul. 04, 2011

This is my 2nd attempt at a review.  My previous comments were deleted with some type of reset…beware.  I’d copy if writing much.

My girls and I loved the movie.  They are 6 & 9, as well as my 13 year old niece.  There was a good message sent in the end.  Also, when the boy was slapped, she didn’t know who it was so I think it was appropriate.  I’d want my girls to learn that lesson. 

There is a little romance with a couple of kiss scenes but it is not vulgar or anything.  It’s all classy and appropriate.  I would take them again, but that’s just my opinion.  I loved it!!  5 stars for me!

Rod Gustafson says: Jul. 05, 2011

Sorry 2prtygirls… that was an error on our part that caused you to lose your comments. It’s fixed now. Thanks for letting us know!

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