"Mona Lisa Smile" Is A Work of Art

Friday, January 9, 2004

  • Julia Roberts as Katherine Watson

    Julia Roberts as Katherine Watson

Written by Patricia Hills

Set in the 1950’s, an independent female professor, Katherine Watson who is played by Julia Roberts, is excited for the chance to teach at an all women’s college. This excitement is withdrawn as she realizes that the women’s goals consist of getting married instead of striving to enter the workforce and Watson feels unable to educate these women to look at their lives in a new light. The cast also includes stars such as Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst.

“Mona Lisa Smile”, of course, gave an inspirational message of aspiring for and achieving goals no matter what obstacles stand in the way. I must say that as the movie began, being set in the 1950’s, I was skeptical that I would find a message meaningful enough for the 21st century. However, as the movie progressed I realized just how far women have come since the 1950’s. It gave me a strange sense of pride to think that I am part of a new group of women who only 50 years ago were unable to see the possibilities or unable to think they could reach certain goals. This also demonstrates that in another 50 years, who knows just how far women can go.

The movie was different than what I thought it would be, as it was slightly unpredictable and did not give in to the generic expectations, which I found intriguing not disappointing. I will not give away too much of the plot or the ending, but I will say that a meaning will be found if you take the time to look deeper than what is directly given on the screen. I definitely encourage others to see the film, especially if you consider yourself a 21st Century woman.

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