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Monte Carlo | 2011 | PG | - 2.2.3

A Texas high school grad (Selena Gomez) goes to Paris with her friend (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister (Leighton Meester) after saving money for four years. Unhappy with a boring tour and cheap accommodations, the three run out of a rainstorm and into a posh hotel lobby, where the paparazzi and hotel management mistake one of them for an heiress and send the three friends off to Monte Carlo for a holiday and jewelry auction. Also with Andie MacDowell, Cory Monteith, Pierre Boulanger, Luke Bracey and Catherine Tate. Directed by Tom Bezucha. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Young men and women are shown kissing in several scenes.
 A woman opens a door into a bathroom and we see a nude man in a bathtub of suds; we briefly see his bare shoulders, chest, arms and belly before she slams the door. At a high school graduation, a woman looks at a high school girl wearing a tight, clingy, short skirt and tells her, "There are children here," implying her clothing is inappropriate. A teen girl wears short dresses and shorts with high heels throughout the film, revealing full thighs and legs. A woman wears a series of clinging stretch tops that outline her breasts, but show little cleavage. Several scenes feature women wearing short-shorts or short skirts that reveal entire legs. In several party scenes and a home dinner scene, a few women wear dresses with deeply cut necklines that reveal cleavage. In a beach scene several men swim in knee length shorts (we see bare chests and backs). Two beach scenes and one hotel scene show women wearing bikini bathing suits that reveal cleavage as well as bare shoulders, buttocks and legs. Carved female figures adorn the top of the outside of a hotel and they are nude from the waist-up.
 A man asks a woman to marry him and she refuses; later, she accepts the proposal. A background song's lyrics are, "I take my lesson from the birds and the bees." On a plane, a woman accepts a dish of nuts from a steward, smiles and says "warm nuts."
 A woman kisses her fingers and taps them on her bare buttock, while looking at a girlfriend in a gesture of "kiss my ..."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Three women enter another woman's hotel room and tie her up while she screams; they tie her in a chair and stick an apple in her mouth, she falls over backward in the chair, but is unhurt, and the woman unties herself and escapes.
 A woman screams when she discovers a necklace missing. A woman runs into a conference room and shouts that her necklace was stolen and someone needs to be arrested.
 Half-a-dozen police officers and a plainclothes detective enter a conference room in a flurry where people are gathered for an auction.
 A woman tells a man that she visited her mother daily in the hospital for two years before she died (we do not hear why) and that she hates hospitals. A man tells a woman that a rugby injury kept him in a hospital for a year, but that he is totally recovered and we see no scars. Three women argue about incidental things and bicker briefly through many scenes.
 A woman plugs in her phone charger at a French hotel room; the outlet explodes with a bang and sparks and smoke fly (no one is injured). A woman leans on a motor scooter and knocks it and two others over, without damage or injury.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms (1 is a gesture; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (Texas Barbie, hoochie heels, head case, Frere Jacque, delusional, girl, waitress), stereotypical references to Texas, Texans, poor people, rich people, spoiled heiresses, waitresses, the French, Americans, women, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several scenes at expensive hotel parties, a hotel dining room, a polo match, a yacht and a jewelry auction show men and women sipping champagne and wine, at a dinner, two glasses of wine sit on the table, untouched and in a hotel room, a bottle of unopened champagne sits on a coffee table, at a polo match, a woman strikes a ball into a bucket of champagne bottles causing them all to pop open and stream champagne onto the table, and a woman says that all Texans would be happy just to be at Six Flags on Beer Night.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Class differences, money, blended families, death and loss, trust, responsibility, mistakes, amends, reconciliation, charity work.

MESSAGE - Your own life is the best life.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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