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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine Ann Watson
... Betty Warren
... Joan Brandwyn
... Giselle Levy
... Connie Baker
... Bill Dunbar
... Amanda Armstrong
... Nancy Abbey
... Paul Moore
... President Jocelyn Carr
... Mrs. Warren
... Dr. Edward Staunton
... Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles ... Housing Director
... 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 einer Welt, die ihnen vorschrieb, wie man lebt, lehrte sie sie, wie man denkt. (In a world that told them how to live, she taught them how to think.) See more »

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

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19 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sonrisa de Mona Lisa  »

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$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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The Harvard Din & Tonics: the a cappella group singing "Istanbul not Constantinople". See more »

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When Nancy Abbey watches I Love Lucy, the title card shows the famous heart-on-velvet, which was only used when the show was in syndication. The original opening sequence featured ads for a cigarette company. 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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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 »

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Referenced in Death and Taxes (2011) See more »

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'S Wonderful
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Produced by Trevor Horn
Performed by The Trevor Horn Orchestra
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This Picture Is Better Than It Should Be
15 June 2004 | by See 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.

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"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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