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MONA LISA SMILE
USA: Columbia Pictures
UK: Columbia Tristar Films (UK)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, John Slattery, Marcia Gay Harden, Topher Grace, Laura Allen, Marian Seldes, Terence Rigby, Donna Mitchell, Jordan Bridges, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Tori Amos, Taylor Roberts, Daisy Baldwin, Janine Barris, Emily Bauer, Kirstie Bingham, Jennifer Bowen, Kristin Nora Connolly, Annika Marks, Lily Rabe, Krysten Ritter, Jennie Eisenhower, Jennifer H Anderson
Director: Mike Newell
USA & UK: 119 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 19 December 2003
UK Release Date: 11 March 2004
Academy AwardŽ-winner Julia Roberts heads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden in MONA LISA SMILE, an uplifting and poignant drama about one woman's desire to enrich the lives of her students.
In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, novice art history professor Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College, which despite its academic reputation is an environment where success is measured by how well the students marry. Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the possibilities of what could be.