A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »
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
David Ansen's review of ''Mona Lisa Smile'' in Newsweek encapsulated many of the criticisms leveled at the film due to its historical inaccuracies: ''The movie's cartoon notions of the 50's and snooty Easterners say more about Hollywood cluelessness than about the period the film condescends to." See more »
When Katherine walks along the outdoor corridor with the tile floor and columns, before Bill gives her the belated Christmas present, puddles are clearly visible. In a close-up view, when Bill gives Katherine her gift, the tile floor is completely dry. See more »
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 »
"Mona Lisa Smile" is all about Roberts as a 1950's art professor at a prim and proper girl's college who struggles to breathe women's lib and independent thinking into a classroom full of snobbish boomer brats who want little more than an "Ozzie & Harriet" future. A sort of testament to the societal oppression of 50's women, this flick wanders drunkenly between storylines serving up plenty of squeaky clean drama, pathos, and Kodak moments in a contrived Hallmarkish presentation which never really makes up its mind about what it wants to be. With subpar critical reviews and a so-so reception by the public, "Mona Lisa Smile" will work best as a night-at-home small screen chick flick. (B-)
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