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Monte Carlo

Based on the Jules Bass book "Headhunters" by Jules Bass, "Monte Carlo" tells the story of a young woman (Selena Gomez), her uptight step sister and her best friend who use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip. When they decide to take a break from their lousy tour and duck into the lobby of a luxury hotel, one of them is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities they are wrapped up in misadventures and head to Monte Carlo instead.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 30 Jun 2011
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Monteith
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Format: NA

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Writer: Naseem Randhawa

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Watch this if you liked: “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”, “My Life in Ruins ”, “When In Rome”

For a story that was deemed to be a typical chick flick, one would be pleasantly surprised at how, well pleasant, the movie actually turns out to be. "Monte Carlo" follows three girls who travel to Paris for a vacation, and through a weird twist of fate, get more than what they have bargained for when one of them gets mistaken for a British heiress, thus bringing them off to the lavish nation of Monte Carlo, where the trio have a time of their lives with the hilarious case of mistaken identity.

A 'disclaimer' should be provided for audiences though, as the movie will invoke a deep longing to visit the city of lights, Paris, as the city is prominently featured in all its glory throughout the movie, from the majestic Eiffel Tower to the grandeur of the Louvre Museum, the story serves as a virtual tour of the city and its people through lighthearted comical tale.

Apart from the landscapes and cityscapes, "Monte Carlo" appears to have a decent cast to watch especially with Selena Gomez as the lead, who plays a dual role in the movie (as a Texan waitress and also the British heiress). So she's currently dating Justin Bieber in real life, but still, she manages to impress with acting skills that are far from tacky as seen from her role in Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place".

Starring opposite Gomez as her stepsister in another significant role, is Leighton Meester, who acted as a psycho stalker in her last movie "The Roommate", really proving that she has the versatility to switch between one extreme to the other in a flash. Joining the duo, is actress Katie Cassidy ("Nightmare on Elm Street") who plays Gomez's waitress friend who is as Southern as Texans can get. Fans of TV's "Glee" will be glad to find that Cory Monteith who plays Finn in the show, will find him just as adorable and funny in "Monte Carlo" as he looks for his girlfriend Cassidy in Paris.

Although the movie may resemble close to some previous films audiences have watched before, such as; "The Lizzie McGuire Movie", "My Life in Ruins" and "When In Rome", audiences would find "Monte Carlo" a pleasant and exciting watch nonetheless as it tries hard to stray away from the cliche and typical plot one would expect from these kind of movies.

Cinema Online, 23 June 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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