Movie Minute- Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo focuses on the journey of a small town Texas girl, Selena Gomez, who, just graduating from high school, plans a trip to France with a friend, Katie Cassidy, in hopes of finding her true self and a bigger life. Her trip hits its first snag when her mother, who recently remarried, has her older step-sister, Leighton Meester, tag along as well. Once arriving in Paris, the trip keeps proving  a disaster as the tour group is wretched and they eventually get left behind. It is then that, stumbling into a fancy hotel room, that her sister and friend see the resemblance and the game begins.

The story line is extremely similar to the Lizzie McGuire movie, a previous Disney teen queen hit, with Grace, Gomez,  pretending to be a wealthy socialite while the real Cordelia Winthrop Scott is gallivanting around the country. However, they put a bit more effort into it, giving each girl their own growth within the film. Katie Cassidy, Emma, realizes her small-town life is all she needs as long as she has the love of her life, Cory Montieth, by her side. Leighton Meester, Meg, learns to let go of her mother’s death and live her life with more spontaneity. Grace finds a true calling and passion for where her life can take her.

Of course, with any teen romantic comedy, the love interests are there, PDA-light style, with more dancing than anything. And of course, they always get caught. However; as expected, they get away with it as they were just “helping the children.”

Although this flick is PG, and is in no way a realistic adventure without felony charges and people with zero recognition,  I still think the message behind it speaks volumes– about how to go for what you want, be vulnerable and find the passion that completes your own life, the way you want it to.

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Bad Teacher Fails.

For my first official blog post I will be doing what I would like to call “Movie Minute.” Consisting of reviews of current, classic and soon-to-come movies, Movie Minute will give a quick glimpse into my true passion–  cinema.

Yes, I am the only girl who would love to have the stereotypical date of dinner and a movie. I honestly get lost in the luster and bright lights that are the movies. Whether it be blockbuster, foreign, or indie flicks you will most likely find in me a theatre, at a Redbox or browsing the web for the latest movie trailers–  speaking of movie trailers are my favorite part of going to the movies, almost more than the movie itself. I get giddy with anticipation knowing what awaits to entertain me in the following months.

For this particular Movie Minute I will be reviewing Cameron Diaz’s new flick “Bad Teacher.”

The premise is simple and ironic- Cameron Diaz plays a gold-digging teacher with no skill or desire to be an educator. The real irony however is that her love interest is former 3 year fling Justin Timberlake. The majority of the movie slowly drudges on, with Diaz sleeping, drinking and smoking pot while showing her students movies every class day. It is only until Timberlake takes a shying towards a more engaged teacher, Lucy Punch, for not only her motivation for kids, but her “big heart/s” as well, that Diaz cracks down and strives to win the test score bonus and Timberlake’s heart. Timberlake falls a little flat, going for the easy laughs. My real disappointment though is the lack of Jason Siegel. Siegel plays a gym teacher vying for the attention and affections of Diaz. Not only is his 30 lb. weight loss noticeable, ow ow Jason, but his comedic timing and ability to carry the slower scenes through his expressions make him the real star. Phyllis Smith from “The Office” also plays a minor role, as an eager to please counterpart to Diaz. Smith’s character’s personality is a little too overkill.  Finally, the ending is completely predictable, especially with multiple hints thrown throughout the movie- no need to pay attention or take notes, you will pass through with or without your eyes open.