Monte Carlo Movie Review Summary

Actors: Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith

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This film is a modern take on the classic story of the "Prince and the Pauper" where a poor person, in this case a girl who is a waitress named Grace (played by Selena Gomez) takes on the identity of a super rich woman who she happens to look exactly like. Grace has always wanted to go to Paris. As a graduation gift her step dad pays for a trip to Paris. Grace goes with her step sister Meg (played by Leighton Meester) and her friend Emma (played by Katie Cassidy). The trip is one disaster after another, not anything liked they had dreamed. When they are late coming out of a museum the tour bus drives off leaving them stranded out in the rain. They run into a fancy hotel to escape the rain.
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In walks the rich woman, Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also played by Selena Gomez) who is the heir to a vast British fortune. Cordelia is supposed to stay in the hotel to be taken to a charity event the next day in Monte Carlo, but instead she runs off to do something else she likes more. Everyone in the hotel mistakes Grace for Cordelia, so the girls decide to take advantage of it. They stay in a lavish hotel room reserved for Cordelia. The next day they are driven by limousine to the magnificent town of Monte Carlo. Grace now recognized as Cordelia is showered with attention by the paparazzi. She is introduced to Theo (played by Pierre Boulanger). He expects Cordelia to be spoiled and rude, but instead he is surprised to find that he actually likes her. Meg falls for Riley (played by Luke Bracey) a sexy ex-rugby player. Emma goes out with a prince at first, to see what it is like to be rich, but she quickly finds him to be an arrogant jerk. Emma's boyfriend Owen (played by the now-deceased Cory Monteith) is a simple truck driver in America, but he comes to Europe to show her how much he cares for her because he doesn't want to lose her.

Cordelia's Aunt Alicia (played by Catherine Tate) figures out that Grace is not Cordelia and threatens to expose her. Meanwhile, the real Cordelia returns to find out she has been replaced by an imposter. Also that her million dollar diamond necklace has gone missing. But the necklace has not been stolen, only misplaced. It is returned in time for the charity function where Aunt Alicia purchases it for $6 million Euros to be donated to charity because she ends up liking Grace and doesn't want to see her get into any trouble.
Best part of story, including ending: This film is a fun comparison between American trailer trash and rich Euro-trash.

Best scene in story: The scene where Theo takes Grace to his secret special place to watch the fireworks is quite romantic.

Opinion about the main character: I like the transition that the waitress Grace makes when she turns into Cornelia. It is fun to see her fumble with what it must be like to be a rich girl.

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   Going to a foreign country to have sex with guys Comedy or Parody about    -   imposter story Lover is...    -   of a different social class How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   waitor/waitress Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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