Monday, July 25, 2011

Monte Carlo (seen 1 July 2011)

I seem to have gotten a tad behind in my blogging. I’ve decided to make up for it all at once. Yea you! I know you’re about to turn cartwheels from all the excitement! And to make it worse, I’ve managed to lose my movie notebook. Great! If you happen to be a friend or loved one (still) who’s listened to me babble incessantly about a movie lately and it’s not one of the ones mentioned tonight please let me know which one I missed.

I used my AMC Rewards to watch this movie and I’m kinda glad I did instead of actually paying for it. I never in a million, bazillion years thought that music could ruin a movie but it very nearly did for Monte Carlo. If you’ve ever seen any movies from the 60s or 70s in which the car is driving along a country road or down a long windy (that’s “winding” minus the “ing” and adding a “y”. Just so you know.) road next to the ocean then you know the kind of music that was used for this film. If you’ve never seen any of those movies then watch Monte Carlo and you’ll know. Don’t get me wrong. I used to watch those movies all the time and the music didn’t bother me one bit. It just didn’t fit this movie AT ALL!!! It totally took me out of the current time and not in a good way. So frustrating! Oh! And despite what the previews make you think, Selena’s song, “Who Says,” does NOT play during the whole dressing/make-up/hair doing scene. It’s saved for the credits. Grrr!!!!!

Okay, now that that’s over, let’s carry on. Following is how IMDB describes Monte Carlo. Yes, I will be mocking it shortly after.

“A young woman, her uptight step sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which turns out to be a big disappointment. 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 during a vacation to Monte Carlo instead.”

Let’s start with the first sentence, shall we? The young woman and her friend use their savings? The uptight sister has her trip paid for by their parents who want her to be a chaperone. Now, if I were miss Young Woman I would be a tad peeved. She saved up for years to go on this trip and miss Uptight gets everything paid for. So. Not. Fair.!!! And that’s not even mentioned. At the very least the parents should have paid for her ticket also and let her use her savings as spending money. I’m just saying. I just read the synopsis from Wikipedia and whoever wrote it said that the parents pay for all three tickets. Either I missed that little tidbit in the movie and have completely wasted a perfectly good rant or the Wiki person is wrong. I choose “B”. Now back to mocking…And the ladies don’t take a break from their lousy tour. They get left behind. Not that that’s a bad thing. And there is no “before they get the chance to reveal” anything! They choose to keep it quiet. Well, for the most part anyway.

Okay, now it’s time to ask, “Why on earth did you watch this movie? It’s so obviously aimed at teeny-boppers!” Well, lemme tell ya. I love the Disney Channel. Love it! It’s my escape from the world and serious/adult (not that kind of adult) movies/books. And my absolute favorite show on Disney is Wizards of Waverly Place. The parents are goofballs, the brothers (Justin and Max) are what I’m assuming are typical brothers (I don’t have any so I have to make assumptions here) and the sister, Alex (played by Selena Gomez) is hilarious. I wish I had been more like her in school. But with better grades. Anywho, Selena is the star of Monte Carlo. If you read my blog about The Last Song with Miley Cyrus you know how I felt about Miley being thrown in to mainstream drama-type movies too soon. Selena is allowed, in Monte Carlo, to take the baby steps that Miley should have been forced (I mean allowed) to use.

Selena does a really good job as Young Woman (also know as Grace) and does a pretty decent job as Grace’s doppelganger Cordelia Winthrop Scott (accent and all). Cordelia is about as snotty as they come. You really really REALLY want something to happen to knock her down a peg or two. Just to clue you in…it doesn’t. Or at least not that they show us anyway. I hope, if she continues to make movies, that Selena will stick with this type of film for a while before taking on more mature roles. I can totally see her as a star years from now instead of being relegated to the, “she was just a child star,” category. Omigosh, I’m rambling and this is just the first movie of the night.

The other two travelers are Emma, (friend to Grace) played by Katie Cassidy and Meg (Uptight Sister) played by Leighton Meester. I liked Emma at the beginning and end of the movie but not so much in the middle. She comes off as a bit of a hoochie-mama. I didn’t like Meg at all at the beginning but she totally changes by the end and, I think, comes close to stealing the movie from Selena. Almost…but not quite. One thing I really liked about this movie is that the animosity that is shared towards Meg at the beginning is completely gone by the end. Come on. You had to know that was going to happen without even watching the movie.

The boys in Monte Carlo are played by Pierre Boulanger (Theo), Corey Monteith (Owen) and Luke Bracey (Riley). These three guys are my dream men. You know what I mean. These guys fall for their girls and fall hard and know that anyone worth loving is worth fighting for (take notes guys). Well, two of them do anyway. One of them has to work his way around to it. But I still liked him. The jerk boy is played by Giulio Berruti. He’s all kinds of cute but all kinds of arrogant and stereo-typically upper class. He is the reason that we get to see a kinder side of Emma, though, so he’s got one thing going for him. Or not.

I think my favorite adult actor in this film was Aunt Alicia Winthrop Scott, played by Catherine Tate. You’re so set up to not like her and then she surprises you. I am all kinds of spoiling this movie. I guess I figured that most people who wanted to see this movie already have and to those who haven’t…so sorry.

So, their trip begins in Paris then moves to Monte Carlo where craziness ensues. I loved the polo match. The only thing I would have changed about this movie would be to make it more of a Prince and The Pauper situation. I would have had the two girls meet and choose to switch places. But then the final hotel scene wouldn’t have happened and I don’t know how I would have changed that. I bet I could figure something out. Or leave it just the way it is.

Breakdown
Cussing: None. I thought I heard one word but I’m not quite positive. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. I jumped over to IMDB again and read that it is rated PG for mild language and mentions that A$$ is the worst that you hear. I must have missed that one.

Alcohol/Drugs: Seriously? It’s a teeny-bopper movie. The adults might be imbibing in champagne at some point but the attention is drawn away from them.

Sex/Nudity: Ummm…no.

Violence: A guy gets slapped. Ouch.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: I have to laugh at this one. This is straight from IMDB. "The main characters are almost arrested for lying, stealing and impersonating someone." Wow! I must have forgotten how terrifying that scene was. Sorry. That was rude. Maybe that was a real nail-biter for some folks.

I would definitely recommend this for teenaged girls, teenaged boys who like Selena Gomez and adults who need a nice, decent movie escape every once in a while. Just try to tune out the tunes.

P.S. The girl who plays Emma is David Cassidy’s daughter. What? You don’t know who David Cassidy is? I think I’ll cry.

P.P.S. No need to stay through the credits unless you just want to hear, "Who Says."

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