“Monte Carlo” could have been a fizzy farce about a trio of Texas gals on a romp through the playground of European aristrocracy thanks to a case of mistaken identity, or a sweet and heartfelt tale of three young women getting to know each other and themselves during a Summer That Changed Everything. Where the film disappoints is in trying to be both.
Apple-cheeked Bieber-squeeze Selena Gomez stars as Grace – and with a name like that, you know she’s Monaco-bound – a small-town waitress who’s been saving up to go to Paris after her high school graduation.
With best pal Emma (Katie Cassidy) and wet-blanket stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) in tow, the three of them go on one of those package tours where the guide says things like, “On your left…was Notre Dame” on the way to a 20-minute visit to the Louvre.
Our heroines get separated from their group, and Grace gets mistaken for international celebutante and troublemaker Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also Gomez, playing rich-bitch with relish), and when Cordelia flakes on a trip to Monte Carlo for a charity auction, Emma convinces Grace to pretend to be her. Read More...