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Monte Carlo

This light comedy (2011) was marketed to teenage girls, but it's comparable to Woody Allen's European-set features Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris. Like those movies it's a materialist fantasy of the continent, in which a young woman from Texas is mistaken for an heiress and, along with her blue-collar best friend and bookish step-sister, whisked into a world of luxury. Yet the movie hits a surprising range of emotional grace notes, including several moments of genuine regret, and concludes with an understated moral lesson about the value of self-respect over social status, something that would never happen in an Allen film. Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone) directed; the seldom-cloying cast includes Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy.

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Director:

  • Thomas Bezucha

Cast:

  • Selena Gomez
  • Leighton Meester
  • Katie Cassidy
  • Cory Monteith
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Catherine Tate
  • Pierre Boulanger
  • Luke Bracey
  • Brett Cullen
  • Amanda Fairbank-Hynes
  • Valérie Lemercier
  • Christophe Malavoy
  • Giulio Berruti

Producers:

  • Arnon Milchan
  • Denise Di Novi
  • Alison Greenspan
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Stan Wlodkowski
  • Deborah Schindler
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Per Saari

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