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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.

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Mike Newell
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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

19 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sonrisa de Mona Lisa See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,528,498, 21 December 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,860,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,337,989
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the pool, the girls in the background practicing synchronized swimming are members of the Wheaton College (MA) Synchronized Swim Team from the 2002-3 season. See more »

Goofs

When President Carr dictates the invitation for Katherine's return to Wellesley, her secretary writes in shorthand that makes no sense. The only correct word is the first, which reads "Dear". 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 Blodigt jävla helvete (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Crush on You
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Produced by Trevor Horn
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Definitely Worth a View
6 March 2012 | by theruedogSee all my reviews

I cannot understand how this movie is 6.1 out of 10 on IMDb. It's worth an 8, as just a very accurate period piece, and for the soundtrack which is also a great period piece. Short of movies made in the period, it would be hard to find a film that better represents the role of (even upscale) American women in the 1950s.

Julia Roberts' performance was excellent, as was that of several of her students. If anything was lacking, it was the performances of just about all the men in the cast, who were uniformly lackluster.

My wife and I both found it very entertaining and something interesting to chat about...and we disagree about everything! LOL.


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