Monte Carlo

(PG) ★★☆☆☆

This adaptation of the book Headhunters follows Grace (Selena Gomez), a Texas girl who travels to Paris with waitress pal Emma (Katie Cassidy) and third wheel Meg (Leighton Meester). The threesome gets separated from the group, and Grace is mistaken for a British socialite (also played by Gomez), for whom she is a dead ringer. Then it’s off to Monte Carlo on the socialite ruse for boys, boys, boys. The film lacks panache, but it grows on you. Meester steals it, and Gomez knows how to relax on screen.

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