Movie Review: Monte Carlo and the Problem With the Princess-for-a-Day Flick

Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez, and Katie Cassidy model the merch.

Somewhere in the twilight between Barbie’s Dreamhouse dawn and Sex and the City’s high-heeled after-party, there lies the Princess-for-a-Day Flick. Most rom-coms contain at least one gleeful shopping-spree sequence, but a Princess-for-a-Day Flick stretches that fantasy of perfectly shod self-affirmation for two blinged-out hours, usually via mistaken identity or magical plot twist, and without ever having to pick up the tab. The only price that must be paid is the Princess Apology: That deeply hypocritical moment — much like the "Crime Doesn’t Pay" coda to an Edward G. Robinson gangster flick — in which the chastened, soulful Cinderella disavows her glitzy, inauthentic persona and retreats with grateful self-knowledge back into her ordinary consumer self. Read More...


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