A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Infrequent use of words like "ass," "crap," "jerk," "stupid," "little monster," "idiot," "frak," and "hoochie heels."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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