Grace (Selena Gomez) is a gentle Texan soul on the brink of high school graduation. She's endured the indignity of waiting on condescending classmates at the local diner for a singular reason: She's funding a trip to Paris. There, she imagines, everything will be different, including herself. Contributing to the anticipation is the fact that Emma (Kate Cassidy), Grace's fun-loving 21-year-old co-worker and friend, is coming along for the adventure.

Grace's planned escape from her normal life is foiled, however, when her Mom (Andi McDowell) and new stepfather (Brett Cullen) announce at the last minute that they've arranged for her uptight stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) to join them on the trip. Meg and Emma, former classmates, have a history of animosity, and Meg and Grace's forced sister relationship is off to a similarly rocky start. But all three girls are drawn enough by the allure of Paris to agree to the terms of the vacation.

The trip, however, fails to live up to expectations, chiefly due to the fact that the whirlwind tour they've enrolled in offers low-rent accommodations and barely more than drive-by glimpses of iconic landmarks. When a missed bus leaves the girls stranded and miserable in the Paris rain, Grace concedes that the trip she has been planning all her life is a disaster. But things take a turn for the adventurous when the girls duck into a posh hotel lobby for a brief respite and discover that Grace is a dead-ringer for a snotty jet-setting London heiress, Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also played by Gomez). Through a series of only-in-a-movie plot twists, Grace is mistaken for Cordelia and all three girls are whisked off to a world of high fashion and handsome young men in Monte Carlo. Plenty of low-stakes ...

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Monte Carlo
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3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
PG (for brief mild language)
Directed By
Thomas Bezucha
Run Time
1 hour 49 minutes
Cast
Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy
Theatre Release
July 01, 2011 by 20th Century Fox
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