Mona Lisa Smile

Roberts, Julia

SKU: 043396262980

UPC 043396262980
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 119
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Mike Newell's MONA LISA SMILE is a pretty period film that combines a quaint pedagogical tale with a feminist dissection of traditional female roles in 1950s society. Julia Roberts leads an impressive cast of top young actresses including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles. Roberts is Katherine Watson, a revolutionary art history teacher at Wellesley College in 1953. Though she has true admiration for her intelligent all-female students, she is perturbed that their interest in finding husbands takes precedence over their studies. Determined to instruct them in feminist values and teach them to be independent--defying the college's emphasis on breeding good wives, mothers, and homemakers--Watson is deemed subversive by the administration. Even Watson's identity--from California, over 30 years old, and unmarried--is problematic. And when she turns her class onto modern art rather than teaching the recommended classical curriculum, Watson is severely chastised by the staunchly conservative students and faculty. Beautiful photography of the picture-perfect Wellesley campus combined with a perpetual parade of lovely period costumes makes MONA LISA SMILE a visual delight. Strong performances by each of the actresses, including Dunst uncharacteristically cast as a prim and proper prude, and Marcia Gay Harden as a boring tv-addicted spinster, only add to the splendor of this enjoyable film.If Ms. Roberts is the undisputed star of MONA LISA SMILE, she graciously allows her acolytes plenty of opportunity to sparkle.[An] appealing period drama...Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 19, 2003[O]bservant and thoughtful...Roberts' famous smile suits this material....The support is strong too: MONA LISA SMILE might be read as a master-class for the next generation of Hollywood leading women.[A] stunningly executed example of period production design.
Cast Rachel Portman (Composer)
Mike Newell (Director)
Deborah Schindler (Producer)
Lawrence Konner (Screenwriter)
Juliet Stevenson (Star)
Kirsten Dunst (Star)
Julia Stiles (Star)
Julia Roberts (Star)
Dominic West (Star)
Elaine Goldsmith (Producer)
Ginnifer Goodwin (Star)
Mark Rosenthal (Screenwriter)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Star)
Paul Schiff (Producer)
Marcia Gay Harden (Star)
Topher Grace (Star)
Joe Roth (Executive Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai Portuguese, Spanish, Thai - Optional Subtitles - Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English SDH, French, Indonesian, Korean
Language English
Weight 0.16000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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