Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile

Director: Mike Newell Cast: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles
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Mona Lisa Smile 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.