Monte Carlo

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Monte Carlo

JOY REVIEW

Monte Carlo is one of those flicks that is clearly made for the same group that saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, i.e., for preteens and early teenagers, especially girls.  This one stars Selena Gomez, who is dating Justin Beiber (do I care about this stuff?), and Leighton Meester, who apparently is on some television program that appeals to exactly the same group of kids. Katie Cassidy steals the movie as the friend with a true blue working class boyfriend. The story is about two girls, Selena and Katie, who are friends, graduate high school and work on tips and decide they want to go to Paris.  Their mother and stepfather decide to send her stepfather’s daughter along so the two “sisters” can bond; she’s kind of a pain in the neck.  Of course what happens is the requisite bonding.  I suppose what makes this cute for teens is that Selena plays two characters: one is a kind of hapless little girl who is everybody’s friend and is trying to live out her dream, and the other is a stuck-up heiress who is supposed to be at a fundraiser in Monte Carlo. All of this is a bit contrived. Well, welcome to the movie. It’s not offensive, there are certainly no swear words in it, the women are all pretty, the dresses are gorgeous, the hotel rooms are lavish, and the boys are all uniformly adorable and cute.  The overall message is that sisterhood is powerful. So, what’s to object to? If you’re over the age of 12, this is probably not your cup of tea, and if you have any testosterone at all stay away. However, if you are in that demographic or you either have, know, or identify with a 13 year old girl, this is going to be your favorite summer movie. So I’d give it, on that basis, two and a half stars.

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