Grae Drake
Monte Carlo Review

Grae's Rating:

2.5

NOT the Ernst Lubitsch version.

Who's In It: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Monteith, Andie MacDowell, Luke Bracey

The Basics: The post-high school graduation trip to Europe is something of a trend. Eighteen-ish year-olds go to find out who they are outside of the confines of their everyday lives, and Grace (Gomez) is no exception. The only difference is, she finds herself while pretending to be someone else (who happens to be a British heiress). When she and her best friend Emma (Cassidy) and uptight stepsister Meg (Meester) all head to Paris, their bargain-basement trip is really bumming them out until Grace gets confused for heiress Cordelia Winthrop Scott. Then their overseas jaunt becomes a whirlwind of cute boys, sparkly dresses, and posh hotel rooms. Presto change-o, rich people really do have more fun.

What's The Deal: It would be unfair to review this movie as anything but a tween girl, which is the intended audience. Therefore, here goes: Owen (Monteith) looks wicked hot, their dresses are totally sizzlin', Meg's tan is soooo golden, and pump the brakes--Cordelia is such a snob. There, whew. That definitely took effort. Everything that is supposed to shine in this movie does so with a megawatt flourish, and everyone learns a good lesson in the end.

Meester Feaster: There isn't much for adults in this at all, but Leighton Meester at least keeps things snappy for anyone trying to enjoy this on an ironic level. In this movie, she has perfected the withering glance and provides some good laughs. I found myself wishing she would resurrect her character from The Roommate and go psycho on her famous teen co-stars while wearing couture (again). I would also like to note the reckless abandon that she adopts almost instantly after hanging out with a cute Australian boy (Bracey) for five minutes. Yes little girls, this is what you can look forward to.

Double Trouble: Apparently Disney gets a kick out of scripts that mistake their real teen stars for other fake ones. This film is just like The Lizzie McGuire Movie, only that one was set in Rome and Lizzie was younger and on a school trip. No doubt the result will be similar for any young girl watching this film--they will succumb to the magic of glittery diamonds and the mystique of foreign lands, and about five years after seeing it, will go travel to those same places and wonder why no one is chasing after them, screaming for their autograph.

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