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Monte Carlo Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Paris Je Kinda-Sorta Like Read full review

2.5

Grae Drake Profile

NOT the Ernst Lubitsch version. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Even as she is the center of attention here in a double role, the jury is still out on Gomez's bigscreen potential; she's not very appealing or magnetic here, nor does she display any particular comic gifts for this sort of broad fare.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Monte Carlo is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. (What luck! The heiress' clothes fit all three girls like a glove!)

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's chirpy, it's bright, there are pretty locations and lots happens. This is the kind of movie that can briefly hold the attention of a cat.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Undoubtedly a trifle, but it's still kind of nice for a summer movie to try charming us instead of just bludgeoning us into submission.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Silly but sweet travel comedy says to be true to yourself.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Selena Gomez movie is a "chick flick lite," with as much dating and finding yourself as most made-for-TV movies on Disney or Nickelodeon. More eyebrow-raising than the mild language ("ass," "stupid," "frak") and romance (just a few short-and-sweet kisses) is the product placement, which includes luxury brands like Bulgari jewelry; Oscar de la Renta gowns, and Gucci, Chanel, and Mercedes Benz products/labels. Although the girls obviously do something criminal by impersonating a rich look-alike, the movie's overall lesson is still tied to Gandhi's famous quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

  • Families can talk about the appeal of mistaken-identity/character-swapping movies. Do we all sometimes wish we could pretend to be someone else? Why? What makes someone else's life seem more desirable?
  • Does this movie make you wish you had fancier/more expensive things? Is that the intent? How does media influence what audiences want?
  • Like a modern-day fairy tale, the girls are all given their very own "prince." Was it necessary for each of the characters to have her own romantic storyline? What kind of message does that send to teens, especially girls?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: On the one hand, there are positive messages about how money doesn't make you a better person and how you need to be yourself with the person you're interested in romantically. But the girls clearly do something illegal (impersonating someone else; accepting gifts and an all-inclusive vacation that isn't for them) and still "profit" from it. Still, overall the movie's message is that being generous, charitable, and adventurous has nothing to do with whether you're rich and everything to do with your heart.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Because all of the main characters have a lot of growing to do in the movie, they're not necessarily great role models -- but they're not negative ones, either. They're just young women trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: The three main characters tie the real heiress to a chair and gag her with an apple. She doesn't look so much harmed as inconvenienced.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Lots of flirting between the three main characters and their suitors, a few chaste kisses, and a marriage proposal. In beach scenes, viewers see the girls in bikinis and one male love interest shirtless.

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequent use of words like "ass," "crap," "jerk," "stupid," "little monster," "idiot," "frak," and "hoochie heels."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several high-end designer products are featured, from a million-dollar Bulgari necklace that's a key plot point to packages sporting Chanel, Gucci, and other labels. Grace is given a pricy Hartmann suitcase as a graduation present and later wears an Oscar de la Renta gown. Also Mercedes Benz and Ford.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne is served at a couple of fancy parties; the main characters who drink it are 21 or 22.

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by amandaw2000

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