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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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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:

USA See more »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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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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 »

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Flying Home
Written by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton
Produced by Trevor Horn
Performed by The Trevor Horn Orchestra
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A toothless smile
10 March 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"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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