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Grace of Monaco

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gorgeous costumes in very slow, talky, mild biopic.

Movie NR 2015 103 minutes
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The crux of the action here is a spat between France (long Monaco's protectorate) and Monaco that's too complicated to explain here and way too boring for a drama. Even if viewers understand what exactly is at stake, it's an obscure little spat that didn't go anywhere, and it doesn't much illuminate Kelly's character. Instead, we get lots of shots of Kidman looking pensive on beautiful sun-drenched patios, driving convertibles recklessly up mountain roads, and irritating politicos in smoke-filled star chambers. It's all beautifully shot, competently (if snoozily) acted, gorgeously lit and costumed, and dull, dull, dull.

Say what you will about Grace Kelly's acting -- some find her rather wooden -- the lady had an interesting life. She was Hollywood royalty by her early 20s and then, at the height of her fame, left it all behind fairy tale-style to become a real, live princess who helped revitalize her country before dying in a controversial accident that was splashed over international tabloids. So why, exactly, did this drama choose to focus on a very short, rather undistinguished period of Kelly's life?

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