Mona Lisa Smile

IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE.

monalisasmileIn 1953, new arts history teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) arrives at the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts and tries to make her female students consider a career, not just marriage. A movie in the vein of Dead Poets Society (1989), with the new teacher trying to change a conservative academic environment, but director Mike Newell fails to infuse his feminist drama with the kind of passion that Roberts’s character wants to see in her students. Still, the young actors who play the girls are well worth a look. 

2003-U.S. 119 min. Color. Directed by Mike Newell. Cast: Julia Roberts (Katherine Watson), Kirsten Dunst (Betty Warren), Julia Stiles (Joan Brandwyn), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Juliet Stevenson, Ginnifer Goodwin… Topher Grace, Marcia Gay Harden, John Slattery.

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