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Monte Carlo



Silly but sweet travel comedy says to be true to yourself.
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  • Review Date: July 1, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.


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.


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.


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


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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Champagne is served at a couple of fancy parties; the main characters who drink it are 21 or 22.

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."

What's the story?

Grace (Selena Gomez) has been saving for a post-graduation trip to Paris all through high school. But when the moment arrives to take off with her older best friend, Emma (Katie Cassidy), Grace's parents announce that her estranged step-sister, Meg (Leighton Meester), must join the duo on their vacation. When their over-scheduled tour group leaves the trio behind, the rain-soaked girls seek temporary refuge in a luxury hotel's loo. They overhear a caustic young British heiress named Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also Gomez) talk about jetting off to Spain instead of attending a charity event. After the hotel staff mistakes Grace for Cordelia, the American girls find themselves on an all-expenses-paid trip to Monaco. Once they arrive, Grace-as-Cordelia meets Theo (Pierre Boulanger), the handsome heir of a philanthropic family who's in charge of escorting her around MONTE CARLO.

Is it any good?


This is one of those sugary sweet cinematic trifles that could be shown on television without any major edits. There's no overt sexuality, language, or violence -- just three young women getting to play dress up in the fabulously wealthy principality of Monaco.  The dramatic tension is more about self-reflection than any external force; once you believe that Grace could impersonate Cordelia in this age of heightened security, it's easy to trust that the trio won't fall into the hands of the police, so you can just sit back and enjoy their sight-seeing and fashion displays.

Emma needs to see that money won't bring happiness -- and that her steadfast fiance, Owen (Glee star Cory Monteith), will. Meg just has to take some risks and have some fun, which involves going on an epic date with Riley (Luke Bracey), a hunky Aussie with wanderlust. And, of course, Grace needs to confess to Theo that he's smitten with a "regular American girl," not an aristocratic Brit. It's all predictably uplifting and sweet and will make young girls across America want to visit the City of Lights in hopes of their own romantic, life-affirming adventures.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 2011
DVD release date:October 18, 2011
Cast:Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez
Director:Thomas Bezucha
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild language

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydoodlebuggy(: July 27, 2011

Sweet, Romantic Chick-Flick for Young Girls!

Aww this is just such a cute movie! But in my opinion, it's only meant for tweens and teens, no young 8 year old girls. I went and saw this with my friend today because I am such a Selena fan! She was fabulous and admirable in this movie. The movie shows great responsibility when it comes to being an adult and that anything is possible as long as you stick to it. There are quite a few kissing scenes, but they're light and just pecks. This is THE must-see movie for girls if they're looking for that one light chick-flick/happy-ever-after kind of ending to a movie. (: LOVED IT! <3<3
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byCrescent May 20, 2012

Not what I expected

We try to teach our kids not to lie, but then someone makes a movie with their fave actress/actor deceiving others. For a kid that watched Selena Gomez on the Disney Channel before this movie, I'd say this is a huge leap. It's very upsetting that in most of these "chick flick lite" movies, the women are stumbling upon strange men to fall in love. When our kids see this, they in return begin to lower their guard around strangers. This is very dangerous. I, also, found the clothing of these girls to be too promiscuous sometimes, especially from the co-stars. Movies ( even those supposedly for youngsters) are just getting more profane and provocative. Younger people are still learning what right/wrong is. When we give them a right thing in a wrong way, they absorb it all. They need extra help along the way. And that clock cannot be turned back. With all the adult situations and partying, your kids are better off playing outside and enjoying what innocence and happiness they still have left.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bymagicjazzygirl January 8, 2013

Monte Carlo

This is a lovely film I think you should be about 9 and over to watch this film. It is a movie for girly girls who love Paris,fashion and shoes!!! My daughter loves it she is 11 years old. It is quite a funny film!
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Great role models


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