Making a permanent impression since 1994
December 23, 2003
Mona Lisa brings smiles
By Amanda Shope
you think Mona Lisa Smile is
going to be just your average “chick flick,” then you are very wrong.
the film mostly attracted women to the theater, by the time it ended, they
were ready to bring their husbands, sons or boyfriends back to see it with
movie shows the strain on young women attending all-girl colleges half a
century ago and the ups and downs of their lives and looming marriages.
story is set at the prestigious Wellesley College campus, located in New
England, during the fall of 1953.
Katherine Watson, played by Julia Roberts, leaves from California and
travels to Wellesley in order to teach art history. When she arrives, she
expects students to want to learn about art, but gets a big surprise when
most of the students have already finished the entire textbook and
learns later that most of the students who attend there have been taught
that getting married and starting a family is more important than
furthering their education.
Ms. Watson, who is unmarried, begins to try to show her students that life
goes beyond marriage, and that learning is important.
soon runs into trouble from her coworkers and even a student, Betty
Warren, and the new teacher begins to wonder if she will receive an
invitation to teach at Wellesley again in the following year – and if
she would even want the job again.
are many twists and turns to the plot, many of them marriage-oriented,
that makes the film a must-see for those of us who enjoy seeing a few
marriages, mistakes, divorces and even the occasional new love.
I can’t tell you the ending, I can almost guarantee that Mona Lisa Smile is a movie that even the men of America will enjoy
and want to see over and over again.
catch Mona Lisa Smile, in theaters now, and enjoy the 117 minutes of love,
lust and life lessons.
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