If 'Monte Carlo' Tanks, Will Selena Gomez's Career Be Doomed?

Thu, June 30, 2011 7:15pm EDT by 17 Comments

Selena Gomez and her comedy ‘Monte Carlo’ are getting reamed by critics for being fluffy, ‘bland’ and ‘low energy!’ Does this mean the 18-year-old starlet’s adult acting dreams are doomed?

Selena Gomez burst onto the Disney Channel scene in a big way. With a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, followed by the leading role for four years on The Wizards of Waverly Place, plus three albums with her band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, and countless fashion endorsement deals, the 18-year-old Latina couldn’t have had more success in the pre-teen and teen market if she tried. Unfortunately, Selena’s foray into the adult demographic — where she so longs to be — might not be as seamless, as is evident by early reviews from her second feature film, Monte Carlo.

“Gomez is likewise adequately cute, but too bland to lend the proceedings any vivid character, except for the few scenes that allow her to indulge her cold, sarcastic, nasty side as Cordelia,” writes Nick Schager of Slant Magazine of Selena’s performance in the romantic comedy, which hits theaters July 1.

Yikes! Schager’s critique seems rather harsh for what appears to be a fun, light-hearted young adult comedy — but it’s not the only negative review.

Jake Coyle of the Associated Press writes, “Gomez, while endearingly earnest, doesn’t command the screen. It’s essentially her first semi-adult film, and one feels her stretching.”

“[The movie is] chirpy, it’s bright, there are pretty locations and lots happens. This is the kind of movie that can briefly hold the attention of a cat,” Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says.

Clearly, Monte Carlo isn’t going  to be up for any Oscars next year. But does this mean Selean’s career in non-Disney projects is doomed?

I don’t think so. However, I predict Selena will have far more success on the small screen — as the lead of another hit show — than she will in film.

Look at Hilary Duff, who starred on Disney Channel’s Lizzie Mcquire from 2001-2004. Almost 24, Hilary is still struggling to define herself as anything other than a former Disney teen star. Despite starring in numerous feature films, the closest she’s come to breaking out of her old mold is her guest starring role on Gossip Girl.

Although I put Selena on a much higher pedestal than Hilary, I can see the same thing happening to her if she doesn’t pick her projects wisely. If Monte Carlo tanks, Selena should pursue a TV career and drop the feature film route because if she continues to do movies that don’t perform well in the box office, her stock will plummet lower and lower.

That said, fellow Disney princess Miley Cyrus has managed to have a somewhat successful film career outside of her role on Hannah Montana. However, I think Miley made a smart decision by blasting out of her “goody two-shoes” type and becoming a harder Can’t Be Tamed rockstar. It’s helped audiences put distance between the Disney star Miley and the adult actress Miley.

I don’t see Selena ever taking the same route. She has openly expressed her appreciation for her younger fans and has said she’ll never do anything to alienate them — so even if she cakes on some extra makeup or holds hands with Justin Bieber, don’t expect to see Selena Gomez swinging around on a pole in leather a la Miley — it’s just not going to happen.

This is why I think Selena needs to tour with her band, relish all the attention she’s getting now and start plotting a hit network comedy series that centers around her fun life. With such a charismatic personality, positive attitude and fresh look, Selena belongs on the small screen, in our houses every night — not in B-list romantic comedies.

How do you feel about Selena’s non-Disney career? Do you see her becoming a mega-actress in films, or will she flourish more on the small screen? Sound off below!

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Yomommy

Posted at 10:57 PM on April 4, 2012  

Miley was much better then Selena Gomez, she actually has what’s it called “TALENT” I like them both I do not “hate” I only dislike, Selena can honestly not sing but I still like her she is an amazing person, but she has stories in the past > using people, using Justin bieber & she looks like she’s 14 years old, that’s something that’s not good. Demi Lovato was on “Barney” with Selena & SHE can actually sing like out of both of them isn’t a shocker that one of them could actually sing? Demi actually deserves 10 million fans, not those fake fans Selena got from Justin. The movie is not that good, and now Miley is barley heard do you even see Miley anymore? Go look at her old Ellen reviews that was the original,kind,loving,caring Miley not some girl who is like “I am a wannabe” honestly, Selena has trashed Miley man times, copied Miley because you know why MILEY WAS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, and she copied her with rescuing dogs, animals, shirts,pants, peace signs…etc and everyone likes Selena. Personally Miley is a better actor & singer then Selena, and Miley has family members that are actually famous & can actually sing that’s how she got her talent. Unlike Selena who has no talent & wants to be everything & her parents aren’t singers.

Ether way, I will always be both of there fans I may of dissed Selena now but it’s only the truth, I will always be her fan.

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mick

Posted at 10:33 PM on November 19, 2011  

i love this website!!! its interesting and keeps me up with the latest hollywood life rocks!!! selena is teh star and way much better than miley idiots

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biebersgirl

Posted at 2:12 PM on August 19, 2011  

tangled did great and mandy was the lead…

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umm

Posted at 1:37 PM on July 5, 2011  

I don’t think this should be an article because just because Monte Carlo isn’t a hit, doesn’t mean that her career will be doomed. There’s still a lot in her carrer. Julia Robert’s movie “Larry Crowne” didn’t get such a good review eigher, but does that mean that Julia Robert’s carrer is up? No. And obviously critics aren’t really into tween movies.. so that probably means that they won’t give such good reviews. But I hear people on twitter being like this is the best movie ever! Also, this movie got over 10 mill already so that pretty much guarantees a succesful box office.

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Patricia

Posted at 9:35 AM on July 5, 2011  

hahahaha selena’s movie and album are both tanking! That makes me so happy cause I hate her. She’s completely untallented. She can’t act, sing, or dance. Miley is so much better than her.

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samy

Posted at 4:53 PM on July 2, 2011  

selena is better than miley ask disney because they used to pay selena more money than miley

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Lauren

Posted at 6:44 AM on July 3, 2011  

UMMM HUNNY. YOUR WRONG. LOL. MILEY MADE 120+ MILLION THIS YEAR, THE MOST PAID TEENAGER AND SELENA MADE 4 MILLION LAWL.

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Brian

Posted at 8:32 PM on July 10, 2011  

well ya, but I think people mean as far as their shows went for Disney, where Selena got about 10,000 more than Miley… because Miley also got like 5 times her show salary for concerts, she obviously earned more

 
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ppppp

Posted at 8:40 AM on July 1, 2011  

did hollywoodlife just compliment miley? This must be a first.. Quick someone alert the press of this strange occurance

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dumas1000

Posted at 7:45 PM on June 30, 2011  

As far as pushing Selena over Miley, people like Selena. They want to root for her because she does seem like such a genuinely nice person. They want to turn her into the good-guy here and make Miley into the bad-guy. I can understand that on some level. It’s basically Hilary Duff verus Lindsay Lohan all over again. Well, you can say it, or pretend it, or wish for it all you want, but that doesn’t make it true. Selena is nowhere near as talented as Miley. She may be more likeable or accessable or whatever, but she has, at best, half as much talent. Just like Hilary Duff has, at best, half as much talent as Lindsay Lohan. Everbody wants to like Hilary more though. History has a funny way of repeating itself.

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david b conway

Posted at 4:26 AM on May 2, 2012  

already prommes before that i just do,nt what to be selena gomez big fan right now , love david conway

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david b conway

Posted at 4:35 AM on May 2, 2012  

page 2 / it,s not about i just do,nt what to be selena gomez , fan im just having some problem of my own i just do,nt what to tell it on,line , love david conway

 
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karen

Posted at 7:35 PM on June 30, 2011  

Stop using Selena’s name just to get hits. Monte Carlo is getting fine reviews, 40% right now which isn’t bad for a fluffy rom-com. Selena will do just fine and yes she should definitely keep doing feature movies, she’s got it all. If she generates this much excitement for Monte Carlo now, imagine what she’ll do when she’s developed as an actress. I think Selena can be a very successful movie star.

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dumas1000

Posted at 7:33 PM on June 30, 2011  

Selena is nice and well liked and that alone will buy her far more opportunities then just this, but I really think she is the Mandy Moore/Hilary Duff of her generation. Mandy Moore got a least half a dozen opportunities as a lead actress, but after A Walk to Remember, ever single movie she made tanked. Hilary Duff did okay in her first few movies, but then she landed the lead role in half a dozen theatrical release movies, all of which bombed stupendously. Same reason too. They are nice, pretty girls, but the phrase “too bland to lend the proceedings any vivid character” describes Selena Gomez, Mandy Moore, and Hilary Duff perfectly. Miley is completely different. Miley posseses a screen presense that these other women simply lack. Miley is alive on camera. Selena is basically stagnant.

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jj

Posted at 7:31 PM on June 30, 2011  

Why must you bash Miley in practically every article having to do with Selena. You guys are getting more pathetic by the day. And GET OVER the “pole dance” already. That was two years ago. And she wasn’t swinging around it. She bent down while holding it. That is NOT a pole dance.

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Kirstin Benson

Posted at 7:33 PM on June 30, 2011  

I wasn’t trying to bash Miley at all! In fact, I commend her ability to break out of the Disney mold, which is something few have succeeded at doing.

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jj

Posted at 7:44 PM on June 30, 2011  

Yes I saw that, but you are still putting in little snarky remarks that are completely unnecessary.

 
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