The Thomas Bezucha-helmed “Monte Carlo” is a hodgepodge of elements usually found in Hollywood romantic comedy movies. It’s all things bright and happy, and almost unbelievable.
How so? While on a disastrous trip to Paris, average high school grad Grace (Selena Gomez) was mistaken for the British socialite Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also played by Gomez). Taking advantage of the situation, Grace is egged by her happy-go-lucky best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) to assume the place of Cordelia much to the consternation of the former’s uptight older step sister, Meg (Leighton Meester), who is against the idea. But who wouldn’t say no to a 25-pound lobster and a luxurious suite in a classy hotel? Not these three, apparently.
However, they got more than just a taste of a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation when they were told that Grace (oh, everybody still assumes she’s Cordelia) had to go to Monte Carlo for a charity event. And that is where their misadventures begin. In Monte Carlo, the girls find out who they are, what they want and – sigh – fall in love.
To cut the story short, they were found out in the end. But fear not! No one was harmed. And Grace even gets to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Yes, it’s a tall story even for this generation.
The movie predictably and consistently ran on a feel-good note. Yes, it does have its moments, but nothing so serious for one to actually think it will finish on a bitter note. To put it bluntly, it is a formulaic teen-oriented movie with a formulaic plot and formulaic characters.
One thing that makes “Monte Carlo” appealing is its setting. Beautiful Europe is the best backdrop for a dreamy teen rom-com and the movie captured this perfectly. It gives the viewer, himself, a sense of longing to visit the place for vacation.
On the other hand, it remains a question how Grace and her posse managed to get away from all that legally unscathed. But then again this kind of movie isn’t supposed to make sense all the time. To have something serious going on in there would only ruin the movie’s vibe. So why ruin the moment by putting someone behind bars? And no, Grace and Cordelia aren’t long-lost twin sisters.
All logic aside, “Monte Carlo” is the movie to see if you’re craving for something nice and happy and just plain fluffy.
In all fairness, the movie wasn’t meant to send your brain cells working furiously, trying to figure out what transpires on screen. All one needs to do is to, you know, just sit back, relax and enjoy.
“Monte Carlo” stars Gomez, Cassidy, Meester, Pierre Boulanger, Luke Bracey, and Cory Monteith and is currently being screened in theaters across the Philippines.