The 1950’s were a conservative time, when many people just followed the spoken and unspoken rules of society.
Katherine Ann Watson (Julia Roberts) is not one of these people. In Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Katherine has just started her first semester teaching at Wellesley College. While her students are some of the brightest young women in the country, their focus seems to be more about marriage than a college degree. Betty (Kirsten Dunst), Joan (Julia Stiles), Giselle (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Connie (Ginnifer Goodwin) think they can walk all over their new art professor. But they will soon learn that Miss Watson has more to teach them than what they learn inside the walls of the classroom.
I like this movie. The message of finding your voice and staying with that voice, even when it goes against what is considered to be acceptable is potent.
I recommend it.