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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | | 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.

Director:

Mike Newell
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Katherine Ann Watson
Kirsten Dunst ... Betty Warren
Julia Stiles ... Joan Brandwyn
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Giselle Levy
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Connie Baker
Dominic West ... Bill Dunbar
Juliet Stevenson ... Amanda Armstrong
Marcia Gay Harden ... Nancy Abbey
John Slattery ... Paul Moore
Marian Seldes ... President Jocelyn Carr
Donna Mitchell ... Mrs. Warren
Terence Rigby ... Dr. Edward Staunton
Jennie Eisenhower ... Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Housing Director
Laura Allen ... Susan Delacorte
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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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In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming. However, in contrast to the film's depiction, Wellesley College was never a finishing school. It was a private women's liberal arts college which emphasized social activism. See more »

Goofs

During Betty's wedding reception, the band plays a rousing number. The trumpets do not have mutes, but their sound could only be produced with a metal mute. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the prominent cast and crew are set in front of vintage footage and advertisements showing women in the 1940s and 50s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.133 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio for 2 Flutes and Harp
from "L'Enfance du Christ"
Written by Hector Berlioz
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User Reviews

This Picture Is Better Than It Should Be
15 June 2004 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

This is the kind of movie that is easy to pan, but deserves better. Yes, the premise is familiar, the plot is formulaic, the characters seem like you've met them before.

But...

"The devil is in the details," as they say, and this picture has just enough surprises, just enough charm, just enough fine acting to make it worth watching. Movies do not have to be real to be worthwhile, they just have to be about real things. The questions "Mona Lisa Smile" covers are still very much with us, and may provoke considerable discussion in your house. This film is respectful enough of its subject matter and well-enough executed to make it a much better way to spend your time than most of what's out there now. Don't believe the sourpusses, this one's a good'un.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

19 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,528,498, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$63,860,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,337,989
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1.85 : 1
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