DVD 117 mins IMDB 6.1 (9,604 votes)
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Mona Lisa Smile
Columbia Pictures (2003)
In Collection
#71

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
(2005 )
Comedy, Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

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
Topher Grace Tommy Donegal
Donna Mitchell Mrs. Warren
Terence Rigby Dr. Edward Staunton
Jennie Eisenhower Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles Housing Director
Laura Allen Susan Delacorte

Director Mike Newell
Producer Paul Schiff; Deborah Schindler; Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Writer Lawrence Konner; Mark Rosenthal
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Musician Don George; Johnny Hodges; Harry James; Elton John; Morgan Lewis; Rachel Portman
User Credit 1 Mick Audsley
User Credit 2 Michael Dennison

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. — Matthew Tobey

Edition Details
Barcode 043396100756
Region Region 1
Release Date 9/7/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sexual content and thematic issues.
User Text 2 In a world that told them how to think, she showed them how to live.
Links IMDB
All Movie Guide
Amazon US
DVD Empire

Notes
Trivia: In order to prepare for her role, Julia Roberts observed art history classes at New York University. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: The turntable tonearm is of late-1960s vintage (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
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.
(more)

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations (more)