Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Fox 2000 Pictures

Directed by:

Thomas Bezucha

Starring:

Selena Gomez as Grace/Cordelia Winthrop Scott; Katie Cassidy as Emma; Leighton Meester as Meg; Luke Bracey as Riley; Pierre Boulanger as Theo; Cory Monteith as Owen

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Monte Carlo

Ahhh, Paris. It’s magnificent! Unless, of course, you get roped into a Parisian tour that whips you through the Louvre in 20 minutes and tries to pass off a hamburger and fries as fine French dining. This is the sort of tour that Grace, a recent high school graduate from Texas, finds herself on at the beginning of Monte Carlo.

When Grace, along with her pal Emma and stepsister, Meg, miss their tour bus and have to walk back to their hotel in the pouring rain, Grace has had enough. Feeling sorry for themselves, they slip into a ritzy bathroom to dry off. Who walks in but . . . Grace? No, it can’t be! She may be the spitting image of Grace, but she's far too snooty. No, this look-alike is Cordelia Winthrop Scott, a pompous British brat, preparing to depart for the seaside town of Monte Carlo for a charity event. Thing is, Cordelia plans to ditch. If only there was something Grace and her friends could do to help. If only one of them could pretend to be Cordelia and attend the charity for her. . . .

Of course, that’s what they do. Grace, Emma and Meg lie, cheat and steal in order to pull off their scam of impersonating Cordelia and her entourage. Monte Carlo contains a few bad words and some mild violence. While many of the gowns and clothes are gorgeous, some of the girls’ outfits are revealing and the swimsuits are tiny.

In Monte Carlo, Grace, Emma and Meg don't transform themselves into princesses—not really. Cordelia makes all that glitz and glamour look pretty unappealing, in fact. Instead, they all realize their true value comes from inside. They learn that clothes don't, in fact, make the girl. It's the girl who makes the girl. And today, when so many girls seem pressured to be almost anyone but themselves, that's a pretty important message.

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