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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

 -  Drama  -  19 December 2003 (USA)
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A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

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Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues | See all certifications »

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19 December 2003 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,289 (Hong Kong) (30 April 2004)

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$11,289 (Hong Kong) (30 April 2004)
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In the pool, the girls that can be seen synchronized swimming in the background are the members of the Wheaton College Synchronized Swim Team (in Massachusetts) from the 2002-2003 season. See more »

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During the Maypole dance, the first shot of the maypole already has a tight pattern made at the top. In the second shot of the maypole, the ribbons are just starting to go around the pole. See more »

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Betty Warren: [voiceover] All her life, she had wanted to teach at Wellesley College. So, when a position opened in the Art History department, she pursued it single-mindedly until she was hired. It was whispered that Katherine Watson, a first-year teacher from Oakland State, made up in brains what she lacked in pedigree. Which was why this bohemian from California was on her way to the most conservative college in the nation.
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Disappointing ... as expected
16 February 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Warning: some parts of the plot are mentioned, even if there is not much to spoil as the whole story is very predictable.

For no longer than two days I contemplated the idea of going to the cinema to watch this movie but then I decided to wait for it to be shown on television. I told myself: "It's going to be another Julia Roberts movie, with her character being perfect, nice, sweet and above all, always right. The plot is going to be as stereotyped as they come, a real paint-by-number scenario and I'd get bored". Yesterday the movie was shown on television, and I had the chance to modify slightly my point of view. The Julia Roberts character seems to be a very confused woman, who wants to show how smart she is without offering any concrete prove of this fact (breaking an engagement without a good reason, flirting with a colleague she does not even like much, basically acting as any other scatter-brained female creature without any education) and as far as her profession is concerned, her radical views on art are very conventional (not a single word about Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism and other European art movements of the beginning of the century, but of course she mentions Pollock, because he's also American ...). To wrap it up, it was a stereotyped and paint-by-number movie and considering that there is not much of a plot, it seems to drag on forever and to be a complete waste of time for the watcher.


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