Monte Carlo (2011)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Having followed Selena Gomez’s career, she's one of the many young girls to be thrust into the spotlight via a hit Disney channel series. To her credit, she's one of the few young women among her peers to handle the pressure with some grace. Her one statement has advocated a desire that her audience “grow-up” with her which is a wise statement. Anyone who likes entertainment with heart or dreams of overseas travel will find a gem in this armchair adventure chick flick. 

With a deep-seated yearning to enjoy the pleasures Europe holds, graduating high-schooler Grace (Gomez) receives her diploma, packs the last necessary items in her bag, and is all set to go to Paris France with her older, flighty best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy). Plans are thrown for a loop when suddenly, Mom (Andie MacDowell) and Grace’s almost-step-father decide they want the two free-spirited girls to have a little more stability so they send along Grace’s straight-laced, more conservative soon-to-be step-sister Meg (Leighton Meester). Emma is only too pleased to be leaving since she is having a spat with her hometown, but devoted boyfriend (Cory Monteith) while Meg is currently studying business in college, and according to everyone save for her, could use a break.

Even though Grace is the only one who has been dreaming of this moment since middle-school, she begrudgingly realizes that the only way this trip will still happen is with Meg tagging along… so with an upgrade to first-class, off the girls go. During one of their tours, the girls find themselves left behind. One pesky rainstorm later (during which, the girls take shelter in a swanky hotel), and Grace is mistaken for a wealthy heiress. One of the perks includes an all-inclusive trip to Monte Carlo…

Monte Carlo
Anyone who has dreams of someday visiting such treasured sights will get an eyeful of beauty in this production. Beauty that seems all the more realistic because the filming actually took place in many of the recognizable locations and those that did not were still at some exotic locales. Contrary to what some people may think, this movie features some lovely scenic treasures – and we don’t even have to go through the hassle of airport shenanigans to spot them. Simple things like a nighttime shot of the Eiffel tower through a bedroom window or a wide perspective shot from the balcony boasting the entire city make the movie impressive by its own right. Here, the movie excelled – but of course, being on location in the “City of Lights” only fueled the story's tendency towards romantic sensibilities.

Some of the filming is a little awkward, and some scenes called for a different angle or would have benefited from an altered set-up, but mostly, everything remains charming. I loved that the movie retained such a picturesque experience even in its impractical moments. (If you have an adverse reaction to sappy sentiments, well, this movie is chocked full of such notions.) Its script is overflowing with mushy sections that lead to flowery dialogue. All of which, I 100% approve of.

Believe it or not, the three girls make the characters interesting, even if they don’t have that much depth – and Selena holds her own against the older Katie and Leighton. I appreciated that there was an age difference between the characters since Selena is several years younger than her co-stars, and that all three of them were older to begin with. (And, all the guys are cute, too while being appropriately respectful of their female counterparts. And Glee fans will likely be thrilled with Cory’s appearance.) One thing I will say is everyone’s respective accents constantly slip, but Katie pulls off a decent Texas drawl while Selena manages a convincing British lilt when she is stepping into Cordelia’s shoes – as Cordelia. And then we shift to the fashion! All of the pretty and fashionable clothes were gorgeous (I loved Meg’s pink ball gown. I don’t know where I’d wear it but I really want it!).

Monte Carlo

Those who like films similar to Letters to Juliet or Leap Year, should keep Monte Carlo in mind; it's a shame, it didn’t put up a stronger showing in theaters because it’s reminiscent of wholesome entertainment – a rare commodity in Hollywood today. See this with your little sisters or mom (mine loved it) and be swept away on an adventure. And, now I’ve used nearly every descriptive adjective… you decide if this little gem is worth it: I can almost guarantee you’ll be smiling as the credits roll.

CONTENT: there is some immodest clothing. There are a couple of chaste kisses; Emma tells Meg off by using a milder visual version of “kissing a**.” One use of a** is present, and a handful of milder slang words. One-time conversation suggests Cordelia has been a bit of a scandal. Monte Carlo is rated PG.


  1. I like Selina Gomez :) hehe!
    To bad this is rated PG :(
    Great reveiw though!
    I say that all the time don't I? Haha, that's cause it's true :)
    I love your blog, and I love your posts.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. I LOVE this movie--cannot wait to buy it tomorrow for my sister's b-day! =D

  3. Rebekah - I know: Selena does some cute movies and has some really catchy tunes. Like Taylor though, her stuff is very "tween-y."

    This movie is super cute. I don't know if your parents do this or not, but maybe your mom could "preview" this movie, and see what she thought of it. The PG-rating isn't "abused," and my mom used to do that all the time - if there was something she didn't like, we simply muted a brief section of dialogue.

    Glad you enjoy my posts - it means a lot to a just-getting-started blogger. When there are readers who actually read - and comment on what I've worked hard on, it makes blogging SO much more fun. So... thank YOU, Rebekah for all your kind comments; I appreciate them. =)

    Meghan - I know, right!? It is SO sweet. Hope your sister will enjoy it - I know I'm buying it. (And, happy b'day to your sis!)

    Just as a friendly FYI, Meghan, you can get a $2.00 coupon (on for "Monte Carlo" plus Target has it for a mere $14.99 - that's a pretty inexpensive price for a new DVD!

    So glad you stopped in, Meghan! It's been a while. =)

  4. I actually went to see Monte Carlo with Meghan...and we all really enjoyed it. I loved the location, most of the characters...I had fun trying to figure out which of the girls I was most like...not sure if I came to any definitive conclusions =)

    It will be fun to watch it again!

  5. Ella - oh, how fun!! It is really a great "girl's day out" flick - just so sweet... and well, adorable. =)

    Enjoy it on your 2nd viewing, Ella; I know I am looking forward to it.

  6. Juju – “Monte Carlo” is adorable! I hope you see it and enjoy it. =)

    Glad you visited!

  7. I have yet to see this movie!! I watched the trailer and it looks really cute!! A friend of mine said that it's her favorite :) I should watch it!!

    ~Miss Raquel

  8. Raquel - this movie is worth seeing. It is so cute, even if the premise isn't the most clever. Hope you enjoy it! (It is certainly one of my favorites - even if I'm not the target audience.)

    Thanks SO much for following my blog! I very much appreciate it - visit often. =)

  9. AnonymousJuly 05, 2013

    This movie is soo beautiful. I loved it. I mean Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester in a movie!


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