Monte Carlo

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onte Carlo is an 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Tom Bezucha.Nicole Kidman, Denise Di Novi, Arnon Milchan and Alison Greenspan are produced the film for Fox 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises. It began production in Budapest on May 5, 2010.


Monte Carlo stars Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy as three friends posing as wealthy socialites in Monaco. The film was released on July 1, 2011. It features the song "Who Says" from Selena Gomez & the Scene.

A young woman named Grace (Selena Gomez), her uptight stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) and her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) 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 tour and duck into the lobby of a posh hotel, Grace is mistaken for a spoiled English heiress named Cordelia Winthrop Scott (also played by Gomez). Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities, they are wrapped up in misadventures during a vacation to Monte Carlo instead. From this point on, their vacation becomes infused with adventure, firefights and paparazzi.


  • Selena Gomez as Grace Ann Bennett: a young girl who goes on vacation to Monte Carlo. She pretends to be an English heiress named Cordelia. Gomez also plays the character of Cordelia in a dual role.
  • Leighton Meester as Mary Margaret "Meg" Kelly-Bennett, Grace's future stepsister, a girl who is independent of what she wants in life and is risking to get it.
  • Katie Cassidy as Emma Danielle Perkins ,[2] a "high school dropout who wants to see what the world has to offer."[3]
  • Pierre Boulanger as Theo, Grace's French love interest.[4]
  • Catherine Tate as Alicia.
  • Luke Bracey as Riley, Meg's love interest.[2]
  • Cory Monteith as Owen, Emma's Boyfriend, a truck-driving football player who follows her to Europe.[5]
  • Andie MacDowell as Grace's mother.[3]
  • Brett Cullen as Robert.[2]

Monte Carlo is loosely based on the novel Headhunters by Jules Bass. The novel tells the story of four middle-aged New Jersey women who pretend to be wealthy heiresses while searching for rich potential husbands in Monte Carlo. There, they meet four gigolos posing as wealthy playboys. Fox bought the film rights to the novel in 1999, three years prior to the novel's publication.[6] In 2005, Hollywood trade magazine Variety announced that siblings Jez and John Henry Butterworth would be writing the script. It also reported that actress Nicole Kidman had signed on to play the lead as well as produce the film with Rick Schwartz.[6]

The Butterworths were later fired and Tom Bezucha was hired to direct and co-write Monte Carlo. Bezucha and Maria Maggenti turned in a draft of the screenplay by July 2007; it starred Kidman as "one of three Midwestern schoolteachers who decide to ditch a disappointing no-frills holiday in Paris and pose as wealthy women vacationing in Monaco".[7] However, in 2010, executives had the film rewritten again after deciding that the film should be made more youthful. The updated script was co-written by Bezucha and April Blair and changed the three schoolteachers to two college students and a recent high-school graduate.[8] Monte Carlo was shot in Budapest, Hungary, Paris, France and Monaco.[7] It began filming in Budapest on May 5, 2010 and finished filming on July 7, 2010.[9] It is the first film to use the film studio Raleigh Studios Budapest.[10]


In March 2010, it was announced Selena Gomez has been cast as one of the film's leads following the script's rewrite.[11] For the role, Gomez spent several weeks learning to play polo and practicing how to fake an English accent.[9] Leighton Meester also negotiated a deal to one of the leads in March, and Katie Cassidy was cast as Emma in April.[3] French actor Pierre Boulanger is making his English-speaking feature debut .[4]

Monte Carlo has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggrevator, Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 42% with 20 out of 48 reviews being postive. Ben Sachs of Chicago Reader claimed that "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." Sandie Chen of Common Sense Media said the film was "silly but sweet". Gomez, Meester, and Cassidy have been praised for their performances.



  1. ^ Kaufman, Amy; Fritz, Ben (2011-06-30). "Movie Projector: 'Transformers' will detonate competition at holiday box office". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2011-07-2.
  2. ^ a b c "Katie Cassidy’s ‘Monte Carlo’ Boyfriend Found: French Actor Pierre Boulanger » Hollywood Crush".
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