Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile

Director: Mike Newell Cast: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles

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Set in 1953, Mona Lisa Smile tells the story of Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts), a new young art history professor at Wellesley College, an all-female campus with a prestigious reputation for academic excellence. Unfortunately for free-minded Berkeley grad Watson, her East Coast teaching stint comes during a less-progressive time that finds most of her students -- among them Betty Warren (Kirsten Dunst), Joan Brandwyn (Julia Stiles), and Giselle Levy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- more interested in nabbing a good husband than achieving scholastic and intellectual growth. Watson challenges her students and the Wellesley faculty to think outside of the current mores of the community and redefine what it means to be a success; meanwhile, she tries to come to terms with her own heart's desires. Mona Lisa Smile co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, Juliet Stevenson, and, as Watson's conflicting love interests, Dominic West and John Slattery.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/2010
UPC: 0043396262980
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 36,555

Special Features

Art forum; College then and now; What women wanted: 1953; Music video-Elton John "the heart of every girl"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Katherine Watson
Kirsten Dunst Betty Warren
Julia Stiles Joan Brandwyn
Maggie Gyllenhaal Giselle Levy
Juliet Stevenson Amanda Armstrong
Dominic West Bill Dunbar
Marcia Gay Harden Nancy Abbey
Ginnifer Goodwin Constance Baker
Topher Grace Tommy Donegal
John Slattery Paul Moore
Jordan Bridges Spencer Jones
Marian Seldes Jocelyn Carr
Donna Mitchell Mrs. Warren
Terence Rigby Dr. Edward Staunton
Laura Allen Susan Delacorte
Tori Amos Wedding Singer
Paul Vincent Black Joseph O'Neill
James Callahan John Brandwyn
Ebon Moss-Bachrach Charlie Stewart
Taylor Roberts Louise
John Scurti Stan Sher
Jennie Eisenhower Girl At The Station
Leslie Lyles Housing Director
Lily Lodge House Matron
Christopher Braden Jones bartender
Chuck Montgomery Tall Man
Ed Peed Taxi Driver
Rony Clanton Porter
Becky Veduccio Blue Ship Hostess
Lisa Roberts Gillan Miss Albini
June Miller Cape Cod Hostess
Aleksa Palladino Frances The Girl In Italian Class
Charles Techman Harvard Dorm Monitor
Daisy Baldwin Art History Student
Janine Barris Art History Student
Emily Bauer Art History Student
Kirstie Bingham Art History Student
Jennifer Bowen Art History Student
Angelique Claire Art History Student
Nikki Coble Art History Student
Kristen Connolly Art History Student
Kristyn Coppola Art History Student
Kimberly Ehly Art History Student
Megan Marie Ford Art History Student
Lauren Fruchter Art History Student
Kate Glass Art History Student
Amanda Gruss Art History Student
Stella Hao Art History Student
Walker Hays Art History Student
Michele Hillen Art History Student
Annika Marks Art History Student
Amy Montminy Art History Student
Lily Rabe Art History Student
Katherine Reilly Art History Student
Krysten Ritter Art History Student
Brandy Tipton Art History Student
Trisha Trokan Art History Student
Megan Tropea Art History Student
Maja Walpvszyl Art History Student
Mary S. Pascoe Photographer
Elise Passamani Phyllis
Laura M. Flahive Wet Girls
Devon Jencks Art History Student
Erin E. Richardson Wet Girls
Emily R. See Wet Girls
Rob Buntzen Wedding Planner Host
Richard O'Rourke Igor
Christopher Bonomo Groomsman
Katherine Argo Dancer
Shelby Bond Wet Girls
Brad Mehldau Pianist
Lauren Adler Art History Student
Carrie Ann Kaye Christmas Student
Kevin Osborne Band Announcer
Larry Grenadier Bass Player
Peter J. Rowan Wedding Photographer
Liliane Thomas Woman On Train
Dorothy Dwyer Faculty
Julie Wagner Bartender
Madeleine Hackney Dancer
Betina Hershey Dancer
Yuval Hod Dancer
Richard Jones Dancer
Jerry Jordan Dancer
Nickolay Khazanov Dancer
Nadia Kravets Dancer
Maria Levinstein Dancer
Kellydawn Malloy Dancer
Annette Nicole Dancer
Lance Olds Dancer
Joel Palmer Dancer
Christian Perry Dancer
Daniel Ponickly Dancer
Tony Scheppler Dancer
Gabriel Vaughan Dancer
Jennifer H. Anderson Projectionist
Lindsey White Projectionist
Chris Burke Custodian
David Snell Conductor

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Michael Adkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill E. Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Mick Audsley Editor
Richard Baratta Co-producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Capone Camera Operator
David Chapman Asst. Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Carol Herselle Crinsky Consultant/advisor
Richard Dean Makeup
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Susie Farris Casting
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Producer
Addie Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Debbie Hollbrook Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Christine A. Leiter Makeup
Yvonne Marceau Choreography
M.J. McGrath Costumes/Costume Designer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Michael Murphy Special Effects
Jane Musky Production Designer
Terence J. O'Mara Sound Mixer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Joe Roth Executive Producer
Paul Schiff Producer
Deborah Schindler Producer
Hartsell Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Frances Vega-Buck Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director

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Mona Lisa Smile 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An overly sentimental movie for those who like to march to the beat of their own drum and I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is inspirational. I'm so glad I wasn't a female in the 50's. Julia Roberts, Kirstin Dunst--were wonderful! I can't say enough how inspiring this movie was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly one of the worst supposedly 'feminist' movies I have ever seen. I had hoped it would be better than what the trailers showed, but boy was I ever wrong.

Julia Roberts' character and acting are totally unbelievable. She looks like she was from the future and she didn't even come close to looking like she was from the 50's. The romance with her and the other teacher was so off what her character would do or act, it didn't make any sense. And of course they have the typical Julia Roberts scene with her flat on her back, hair splayed out, then cue laughing (in that irritating high pitched neighing/squealing). As usual she plays the same role she almost always does in her overrated 'acting' carrer.

Julia Stiles did well as her typical studious overachiever, try to do it all role, but her character went downhill near the end, in an unbelievable way. Kirsten Dunst was good as a nasty student that turned nice at the end. But by far the best were Maggie Gyllenhaal as a promiscuous yet smart and likeable student and Ginnifer Goodwin who you might have seen in the television show Ed (which she was wonderful in) and How to Win a Date With Tad Hamilton. She is the most realistic of the bunch and the one who stole the whole movie. She shined brighter than any of them. I wished she could have been in it more, it would've been a better movie. Marcia Gay Harden and Topher Grace were both great in their small roles also. I give JR .5 star, JS and KD 3 stars, and everybody else I mentioned 5 stars.

And just what the heck was up with the scene at the end with Kirsten Dunst riding on a bicycle along side Julia Roberts in the car. There was never any bonding between the two to make any sense in that happening.

I'd recommend skipping this movie, unless, of course you'd like to see something that will make you cringe and wonder why you wasted your time with such drivel. The story is simply awful! I totally disagree with the above reviews. especially Barnes and Noble's review, so very far off the mark. I am so glad I got this from the library and didn't spend any money on it.

Guest More than 1 year ago
I mostly like comedy, but even though this isn't a very funny movie, it is definitely worth your time. It's amazing how different life was for girls only 50 years ago. The best thing about the movie, I think, is all the characters. They're so different and it's like they each have their own story. Overall, it was nearly perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good movie but the ending really contradicted the entire point of the movie. I was not so appreciative of that.
BasiaD More than 1 year ago
Very exciting and inspiring to watch, especially for someone who used to be a tutor and a teacher most of her life.
joiseygoil More than 1 year ago
What a great movie. If you were born in the 40's or 50's you will understand it, if you are the child of someone from that era, you will better understand women and what they had to put up with. It is such a great movie and Julia Roberts was unbelievably great and there is so much to teach about our past in viewing this movie. Someone mentioned that they don't make movies about this era because this movie should have been a "blockbuster" but didn't make it. It is because it is too bright, intelligent and meaningful and there is not one car chase or sex scene. Buy it, see it and let's talk about it.
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I'd compare this Julia performance to her Tinkerbell in Hook. Not good. The supporting actors, were however, outstanding. Kudos to the new young women in Hollywood. Dunst, Stiles, and each of the other roles were done very, very well. The story line was nice, but another leading actress would have made it really shine. Pretty Woman was such a great hit...but if I have to see Julia be weepy, emotional and have her head veins pop out...I'd rather not.